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Archie Goodwin Shooting it Better Now Than Ever Before

By Jacob Withee | April 4, 2018

Prescott Valley, Ariz. – Archie Goodwin began his NBA career at 19 years old, entering the NBA Draft after one year at the University of Kentucky.

He ended up with the Phoenix Suns after some draft-night wheelin’ and dealin’, where he enjoyed a solid rookie season. He played in 52 games for a playoff contending team under Jeff Hornacek, averaging 3.7 points on 45.5 percent shooting (54.2 percent from two-point range), and 1.7 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per contest.

His next two years with the Suns, his averages rose but his shooting percentage dipped. In 41 games in 2014-15, he averaged 5.6 points on 39.3 percent shooting. In 2015-16 he averaged 8.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting.

Mainly doing his damage inside the arc, Goodwin has worked on efficiency to propel him back to the NBA, and that’s obvious to all who watch his game.

Since joining the Northern Arizona Suns on Jan. 7, Goodwin has shot 55.9 percent from the field. Overall in the NBA G League this season, Goodwin shot 52.8 percent from the field, the best mark among all guards in the league who had taken at least 100 shots.

Diving even deeper, Goodwin shot 56.9 percent from two-point range on the year, 61.1 percent from inside the arc while with Northern Arizona. To put that in perspective, in the last 20 years in the NBA, just nine guards have shot 60 percent or better from two-point range in a season (min. 100 FGA).

Last year playing with the Brooklyn Nets, Goodwin averaged 7.9 points on 55.7 percent shooting in 12 games, getting in 15.3 minutes per game. Yes, that was just 12 games, but compared to everyone else on the team, he was tops in field goal percentage (next was Trevor Booker at 51.6 percent), tops at two-point percentage (.625, next was Chris McCullough at 60.0 percent), and tops in effective field goal percentage (.590, next was Joe Harris at 54.3 percent).

With Northern Arizona, he shot 50 percent or better from the field 10 times over the Suns’ last 13 games, including a 9-for-10 clip on March 11. For the season, the Suns were 12-8 when he made more shots than he missed (2-5 otherwise).

Let’s also not forget what else the 23-year-old does well. He’s a great rebounder for a guard (5.9 rebounds per game this season in the NBA G League) and shares the ball, earning 3.1 assists per game this year. Oh, he also was the Suns’ second leading scorer with 19.4 points per contest (19.0 PPG over the whole year counting Greensboro) and he averaged the 20th most steals in the league at 1.6 per game.

There’s no question Goodwin has the ability to do some damage at the next level. With the NBA season winding down, watch out if a team takes a chance on him, or at the very least, watch to see what he accomplishes this summer.

 

Check out the best photos of Archie Goodwin’s 2017-18 season here.

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