It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had some positive draft news about Archie Goodwin. Most analysts now think he’ll be a second round pick, but ESPN’s Chad Ford said today that he thinks teams with the 15th pick on are “crazy not to roll the dice” on young players like Archie in this year’s weak draft:
Kevin (WV): I still say Archie Goodwin slips into the bottom of the first! Are you saying there is no chance?
Chad Ford (1:50 PM): Not saying that. In fact, personally, I think teams drafting from 15 on are crazy not to roll the dice with younger players like Ricky Ledo, Antetoukounmpo, Tony Mitchell and Goodwin. Their sin is that they are in the draft too early. But upside is so much higher than so many players in the draft. Could they bust? Sure. But I might be willing to gamble given what I’d lose is a solid rotation player.
Today, Archie works out for the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Myck Kabongo, Phil Pressey, Mason Plumlee, Dewayne Dedmon, and EJ Singler. Portland has the 10th, 39th, 40th, and 45th picks in the draft. In fact, DraftExpress’ latest mock draft has Archie going 39th to the Trailblazers, and Nerlens first to the Cavs.
Ford also downplayed rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers are leaning towards using their number one pick on Alex Len and not Nerlens Noel, saying that until he hears otherwise, he expects the Cavs to take Nerlens first.
Do us proud, boys.