ESPN’s Chad Ford released his first 2013 NBA mock draft this afternoon, and not surprisingly, projected Nerlens Noel to be the number one pick, going to the Charlotte Bobcats. However, Ford didn’t list Archie Goodwin in his first round picks. Why?
“The mock draft is about both fit and finding teams who like a particular player,” Ford told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts. “While I think GMs generally think that Goodwin has a chance, I couldn’t find a team in the 20s that had him prioritized over other players on the board. You noticed that both shooting and size become really big as we get further down in the draft.”
Ford said that teams’ biggest concern about Archie was his jump shot, followed by his lack of strength: “Teams are worried he’s going to get pummeled going to the basket the same way he did at Kentucky.”
In fact, Ford said that of the four UK freshmen, Archie needed another year in college the most: “Most NBA scouts and GMs were surprised that he decided to go to the NBA. Of the freshmen, they felt like he was the one who needed another year in college the most.”