Archie Goodwin came to the right NBA team.
The Phoenix Suns need several players to make strong contributions for a team that won only 25 games last season. Goodwin was drafted in the first round, and has shown the Suns plenty of potential during the summer. He’s expected to get his chance to shine when the preseason and regular season arrives. For Kentucky, he averaged 31.8 minutes, 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1. steals per game.
What the Suns like about him is that he has a long, athletic wing, and is able to hit the basket from anywhere on the floor. He also penetrates well and is good ball handler. His shooting percentages in college were decent, but he hopes to be a better 3-point shooter in the NBA.
He will also bring a youthful enthusiasm that the Suns sorely need as a franchise.
Goodwin was able to show the Suns in seven games during the summer that he can shoot the ball effectively in the NBA, and that he is coachable. He led the team with 18 points in the Las Vegas Summer League tournament championship game.
Goodwin averaged 13.1 points per game and shot an impressive 50 percent during summer ball. He has the type of attitude that the Suns like as they continue rebuilding. He’s still just a teenager and is unlikely to be a starter, but he’ll get plenty of minutes from off the bench because the Suns are thin in talent.
If he learns to be patient with his shooting and focuses on the high-percentage chances, he’ll be just fine.