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ESPN.com compares Archie to Tyreke Evans and Russell Westbrook

Kentucky fans are well aware of Archie Goodwin’s potential to be the steal of the draft, but ESPN.com’s Ryan Feldman took it a step further and compared the former UK guard to Tyreke Evans and Russell Westbrook, two of the NBA’s top guards. Feldman’s analytical data found that the three guards had very similar numbers in college, with Archie standing out a little more than expected in the head-to-head comparisons.

For instance, Archie was a better jump shooter than Evans in college, and he was more efficient around the rim than both Evans and Westbrook in their final seasons at Memphis and UCLA. But Archie is projected to go in the second round in tonight’s draft, while Evans and Westbrook were both selected fourth overall when they entered the league.

Whoever takes Archie will have to be patient, but if any team is willing to pull the trigger and take a gamble on him in the first round, they could end up with a big time contributor on down the road and the steal of the 2013 NBA Draft.

[ESPN.com: Goodwin could be a steal in 2013 NBA Draft]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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13 Comments for ESPN.com compares Archie to Tyreke Evans and Russell Westbrook



  1. Django
    4:27 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    If you got on of the last picks in round 1 then you’d be dumb to pass on Archie IMO. Youngest dude in the draft, raw athleticism, explosiveness, improve ball handling, shooting, and decision making and he could be an All Star come year 5 or so.



  2. Kevin C.
    4:28 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Neither of those guys were ever as raw and undisciplined as Archie…not seeing the comparison.



  3. Thrashitup
    4:28 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    MORE efficient around the rim? Madness



  4. Smhj
    4:31 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky fans are well aware of Archie Goodwin’s potential to be the steal of the draft

    Really? Smh not at all.



  5. Mc
    4:31 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    When I first saw him I thought he had a similar game to Westbrook. I’m just not sure he can handle the ball as well, or get off the ground as quickly. Still worth a flyer late 1st early 2nd for a team that doesn’t need him to contribute right away.



  6. SeaCat
    4:40 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    I am amazed Feldman thinks Archie is this good.
    Also amazed Cal ever recruited him.



  7. Austin
    4:46 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Archie being so young is the best thing he has going for him. I am not sure how big he will end up. He didn’t do as well as you would think he would in the athletic testing at the combine. He was pretty good, but didn’t test out as the best athlete in the draft or anything. I wish him well. I think everyone, ARchie included, realizes he is going to spend a lot of time in the D-League. Hopefully he finds a good situation and flourishes. He seems like a hard worker. I think a lot of his issues on the court would have gotten better with time, and there is no reason that he shouldn’t get better as a pro. Good Luck Archie!



  8. J in Orlando
    4:49 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Ive been telling this to people for months…Archie will stick in the NBA…once he develops within a system (hopefully a system where he really fits), he has all the intangibles to be a solid player. Those who dont see that just dont have a good handle on how players of his type develop. He will not his his peak for another decade, and barring injury, he will still be in the league at that time. Of course, injuries or unwillingness to work on his own may would hold him down, but hopefully that wont happen. And the players mentioned above were, in fact, just as green and difficult to watch when they first arrived on their respective campuses.



  9. JOHNW
    5:04 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin will get drafted….. but he is a dime a dozen…they will be more guys like him gettig drafted over the yrs because of potential…. and trying to develope…. the league really doesn’t care if you develope or not because they are guys like him all over the d league ….. will he have the heart to do it….only he nows that..



  10. Rockfield, KY
    5:19 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    I think their team successes had a hand in their draft positions. There were many nights when the game was out of hand when Archie would pour in his points. Adversely, there were a few of those nights when Archie was the only one still competing.

    Westbrook played in 2 consecutive Final Fours in his only 2 seasons and Evans’ Memphis team was a #2 seed that made the Sweet Sixteen.



  11. Lamont
    5:23 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    With all these great playaas and a down year in college basketball and this fantastic coaching staff, how did the greatest program in history end up losing to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT?
    Ryan Harrow must be really bad



  12. Mark Cuban Missle Crisis
    5:24 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    If Goodwin finds the right fit and works on his jumper while in the D League, he could develop into an above average NBA combo guard. He needs playing time and a shot coach.



  13. Bird in Kentucky
    5:39 pm June 27, 2013 Permalink

    Archie is better than what people think, the kid has the talent. he is just still young will take him a little longer. Be he will be fine.