The Phoenix Suns will select Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
Archie Goodwin’s lifelong goal of making it to the NBA is now complete, as the Phoenix Suns drafted him with the 29th-overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.
In his lone season at Kentucky, Goodwin led the team in scoring with 14.1 ppg, but he shot just 26.6% from the 3-point line. His greatest struggles came in his decision-making, as he often drove the ball to the hoop with reckless abandon, and would often throw up a bad shot, or try to make an impossible pass that lead to an easy turnover and transition oppurtunity for opponents.
Goodwin ended his freshman season with 25 double-figure scoring games and had five outings with 20 or more points. He ranked second on the team in assists (87) and steals (35). His 448 points scored in his first season ranks as the 10th best mark for a freshman in UK history, and he became just the ninth freshman in school history to sink 100 or more free throws in his first season.
If he can learn to harness his freakish athletic ability and play with more control while developing a jump-shot, he’ll easily be the steal of this draft. A long road is ahead for Goodwin if he wants to have a long, productive career in the NBA, and how hard he works towards his goals will make or break his dreams of playing in the NBA.