Bright Side of the Sun, a Phoenix Suns blog, wonders what will happen to the Suns’ backcourt now that Devin Booker is in town. Archie Goodwin is one of the players affected by the arrival of Booker, and Bright Side of the Sun calls the upcoming season Goodwin’s “make or break” year.
Goodwin will enter his third NBA season after the Suns selected the athletically gifted guard 29th in the 2013 draft. The Suns hold a small (little over $2M) option for 2016-17 on Goodwin, and if he hasn’t proven to be at least a rotation player after three years of development, it might be time to move on to the next project.
Last season, Goodwin showed scant improvement from his rookie year. His FG% dropped overall, and categorically from every distance except for an uptick in 3 point % from an awful 14% to a merely bad 29%. He also looked stronger in the upper body, and more able to withstand contact and finish in the paint, though his stats there don’t demonstrate it.
This will be a bit of a make or break season for Goodwin in Phoenix. If he can’t beat out fellow Kentucky product and youngster Booker for minutes, it’s hard to imagine Goodwin having a future on the Suns. The projected absence of Green should allow him the opportunity to showcase his skills.
We really need Phoenix to ditch Gerald Green and keep the four Kentucky players in the backcourt. Maybe pick up Jorts from the Summer League and then play home gams at Memorial Coliseum.