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Archie Goodwin: Phoenix Fan Favorite?

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We loved Archie Goodwin here in Kentucky, but sometimes he could be a bit frustrating to watch.  And while we were all excited to see him go in the first round, he might be in an even better position than we thought.

Because apparently, Phoenix loves him.

That might have something to do with his recent hot streak in the NBA Summer League, and it might have something to do with the Suns being desperate for a good, heck, even a competitive team.  But whatever the reason, the folks in Arizona have taken to him very well.  From Suns fan site Sun-N-Gun:

True sports fans have their favorites. … They are the underdog. They have that hustle factor, which is what we want from everyone on the court, but expect from the non-superstars who don’t have innate talent to fall back on.

From seeing his play in the summer league, I believe Archie Goodwin will be the next one.

But that isn’t all. I surmise he will be a better player than all of the fan favorites that have preceded him. Goodwin could be an All-Star. I think he is one of the better steals of the draft.

Goodwin will have plenty of opportunity to show that he’s worthy of that sort of praise, playing as a 6th man behind Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe in the guard spots.  And his style of play is far more tailored to the NBA game than the college one, as his summer league play is already starting to show.  Former head coach and current NBATV analyst Sam Mitchell said, “There’s nothing about Goodwin I don’t like.”

Dang.

The above-linked article praised his athleticism and natural feel for the game, saying he was already more capable than teammates Marcus & Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker, and Kendall Marshall.  In fact, the term they used was “head and shoulders above anyone else on that court…”

Exciting headlines and commentary for a guy who we were worried would slip to the 2nd Round.  Coach Cal’s gotta be proud, and we’re happy to see that Archie’s found an appreciative home in Phoenix.

Go NBA Cats.

Article written by Corey Nichols

22 Comments for Archie Goodwin: Phoenix Fan Favorite?



  1. TDog
    2:37 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    He’s making them eat they feet.



  2. NO MATT JONES
    2:43 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    It just pisses me off when I think about how UK fans treated Archie. He is the youngest person in the NBA summer league, and he was one of the youngest people in the NCAA last year. Kentucky had no leadership last year, and the team was falling apart at the seems, from an injured Noel and WCS, to a listless and soft Ryan Harrow. But it was Archie who constantly got criticized. If Archie was on any other UK team, he would’ve been a dynamo. Now, in the NBA, where teams can’t collapse on him and single him like in college, he is punishing people with his “bull in a china shop” charge. Make them pay, Archie.



  3. Bandit
    2:44 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    In the NBA, the defense actually has to be set before refs will call a charge, which should help Archie be more aggressive going to the rim. The SEC was flop-city last year.



  4. Archie
    2:59 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Now that I am getting coaching, I am showing how good I can be.



  5. bosshog
    3:01 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    No surprise at all to me as I always believed that his game would be a much more natural fit in the NBA where one on one is the fundamental focus. Archie could thrive sort of like Rondo.



  6. Cats Fan
    3:05 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    “He does this often without being reckless in the paint like Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose tend to do.”
    “He has the shot.”
    “Additionally, he protects the ball while in the paint, making it nearly impossible to have the ball stripped from him as he goes up.”
    “…[Goodwin can] kick the ball out for an in-rhythm three in transition.”

    Would have been nice to see all of that last year!



  7. Seven Eight Nine
    3:05 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    To #4 and all the posters like him – do you really think NBA coaches coach more than college coaches? NBA coaches are more like ‘Run this pattern on the floor and work out. Alright good practice guys” College coaches, especially Calipari, teach the kids how to be men and how to play basketball with a man’s mentality.



  8. Cool Daddy
    3:06 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Archie is a mark and a buster.



  9. Rei
    3:16 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    That was exactly what I hated about UK fans last year, #2. Archie was the guy who tried the hardest, even if he made stupid mistakes from time to time. He had much more guts than Harrow and was much better all around than Noel and WCS were, even if he wasn’t the best guy on the floor.



  10. Austin
    3:27 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Archie was not the route of all of our problems last year. If Nerlens doesn’t get hurt, I suspect we would have had a little different season.

    Also, Ryan Harrow getting off to a pour start with his illness and off the court issues stunted our growth.

    Archie gave a crap, and he showed he was a hard worker. He was so young, and was just on a team that went the wrong direction. These things happen in sports.

    Our bigger issue was our lack of a great defense. That has been a calling card under Cal. We were 77th in adjusted defense last year according to KENPOM… We were 6th, 15th, and 9th in his previous three seasons. We were a lot better than 77th before Nerlens went down, but before he went down we only had four guys that had the size, strength, and athleticism to be great defenders. Mays, Harrow, and Wiljter were pretty good offensive players (at times), but not very good on D.

    Archie did some things wrong that drew the fans ire, but he didn’t deserve the amount of blame he got. I agree with the poster above that said on another team, he would have been a fan favorite. I am glad he has landed in the perfect spot.



  11. Austin
    3:27 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    10. Root, not route^^



  12. schwing
    3:28 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    we loved archie goodwin while he was here at kentucky?



  13. Wildcatbear
    4:03 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Make ’em eat they foot Archie!!!



  14. Wildcatsteeler
    4:33 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Look at these posts here. Some of them are typing with they feet in they mouth Archie.



  15. Wildcatsteeler
    4:34 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    @12 He meant the fans. Not you.



  16. cotton nash
    5:48 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Just as I said over and over, Archie will be fine. And he made a smart move entering the draft. He was by far and away the second best player on the team last year, behind only Nerlans. All the “so-called” mistakes a lot of ignorant fans attributed to him were 100% a result of him being the ONLY player on the team that had the courage and ability to take it to the hoop. The rest would stand around and pass it until the clock was running out, then charge or step on the baseline or whatever. The opposing teams knew Archie was our only player that could beat you off the dribble,..or even had the courage to make a play. So,..they could slack off the other players and double and triple team Archie. Anyway,..I’m tickled to see Archie appreciated like he should have been at Kentucky. At least now a few fans are speaking up for him,..instead of running him down. Archie is da man!!!



  17. busterqbundy
    5:56 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Should have let him play the point the whole season and not wasted time on Harrow. Have a feeling we would have at least made the tournament if Cal had given up on Harrow earlier.



  18. BigBlue
    6:00 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Archie will be a good NBA player. He was on a leaderless team last year with no point guard. He was also one of the youngest players in college game last year.



  19. njCat
    6:06 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Archie, aside from Nerlens the first half of the year, was the only player that would put the team on his back when nothing was working. The fact that teams had very little to focus on other than him obviously created problems for him. One on four rarely turns out very well. That will not be the case in the NBA and the kid has a chance to be a star.

    He and Bledsoe might eventually make up one of the most electric backcourts in the NBA. Will look forward to watching the Suns!



  20. Melvit
    7:11 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like a lot of the fans have changed their tune about archie. Now most of them seem to love him. Yes, he tried hard, but he was selfish and that’s why the fans didn’t like his play. Even Mays had to yell at him to pass it. If he had the ball, he most likely was going to the inside for a charge or a missed layup.



  21. Bad Options
    8:04 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    @20 . . . selfish because we didn’t have a point guard or when he was asked to play point guard and put up 20 because that’s what that team needed. Archie did what he felt he had to do . . . not great team ball for certain but not necessarily because he was selfish.



  22. The Baron
    8:23 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Got a little egg on your face there, #20. Looks like you were wrong the whole time,…and you are still too stubborn to admit it. Well,..maybe you should write the Suns a note and tell them how they messed up? Heh heh. Make them eat they feet, Archie. Take it to the bank, Young Man. What,..to the tune of 2 or 3 mill??