Evaluating Each Suns Backcourt Player After 21 Games

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Archie Goodwin

Oct 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin against the Portland Trail Blazers at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stats: 11.4 MPG, 3.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0.413 FG%, 0.095 3P%

Archie Goodwin was taken 29th in the 2013 draft. The potential was there, but he was seen as young and too high of a risk. So far as a Sun, he’s turned in a mostly solid performance. Yes, his outside shooting is a glaring weakness, but  that is something that players can improve upon as they advance through their careers. Goodwin is consistently aggressive around the rim and on defense, which is a good change of pace for a Suns team that relies heavily on the outside shot. He knows how to create turnovers and get back on fastbreak chances. That’s something that isn’t as easy to pick up as a better stroke from the outside. Some players, like Goodwin, have that natural nose for the basket when they come into the NBA.

While Goodwin certainly has flaws, he has more than lived up to his role as a project player with a large amount of potential that has yet to be accessed.

Grade: B+