Archie Goodwin: Is a Breakout Season Coming?
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Archie Goodwin is positioned to be the first guard off the bench for the Phoenix Suns in the 2015-2016 season. Training camp is not here yet -- and the Suns roster is still not finalized -- but Goodwin should be given an opportunity to earn big minutes this season.
It's naturally easy to root for Archie Goodwin. He's a young and talented player -- on a guard heavy Suns roster -- who will eventually blossom on an NBA team. It's just a matter of whether it's with the Phoenix Suns or not.
Goodwin is a bit of an underdog with the Suns right now, and perhaps he's been that since arriving in the NBA. After spending just one year at the University of Kentucky, he was drafted 29th overall in 2013. After two seasons of NBA development, he could end up being a steal for the Suns or another team if he’s traded.
Last July's summer league saw Goodwin display great athleticism, as well as an ability to slash, score, and get to the rim. At just 21 years of age, it will be his third season in the league. Questions may surface as to whether Goodwin should be given additional time to develop in Phoenix.
As he continues to grow into his body, Goodwin will be expected to play better defense this season. His 15.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in the summer league were impressive, but the Suns may look for improved three point shooting to better fit their style of play (31 percent in summer league).
In a win-now league, the Phoenix Suns hope that Archie Goodwin is a fit this season. His ability to run and score absolutely are, but his mid-range jumper and three point shot are not quite there yet.
Goodwin is poised to have a breakout year, but he will be pushed by rookie first round draft pick Devin Booker and small forward Sonny Weems. Weems is returning to the NBA from the Euro-league.