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.