The Portland Trail Blazers have three second-round picks in the 2013 NBA Draft, and some members of the coaching staff might be tempted to spend one pick on 6-foot-5 shooting guard Archie Goodwin of Kentucky.
He’s only 18 years old but is projected to go either late first round or early second round. If he’s available, the Blazers might want to take him in the second round to boost their depth at shooting guard.
Goodwin has tremendous skill as a basketball player. With Kentucky he averaged 31.8 minutes, 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and he is also a good defender averaging 1.1 steals per game.
His shooting from the floor, which is at 44 percent, isn’t bad, but he’ll need to improve and demonstrate to NBA teams that he can be a consistent threat.
For Portland, Goodwin, if he lives up to his potential, could come off of the bench and give the Blazers key contributions, especially on the offensive end. To play a lot, however, he obviously needs to improve his defense in a major way if he’s to have success as a pro.
What draft experts like about Goodwin is his ability to score from anywhere on the court. He’s considered an excellent ball handler and is solid in passing off the ball to potential scorers.
His youth worries some coaches who might have preferred that Goodwin stay in the college ranks for another season. The word is that whichever team drafts him will have to be patient and work with him. The potential is there, but it’s still raw to some extent.