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.”
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.