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Summer League notes: Archie Goodwin continues to impress for Suns

Jul 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS — After Saturday’s action at Las Vegas Summer League, we’re down to four teams and three games left in tournament play before the event wraps up on Monday.

The Suns are still around, and were expected to be considering the amount of players with real NBA rotation experience that they brought to town. Kendall Marshall, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, and P.J. Tucker all played plenty last year for Phoenix during the regular season, but it’s a rookie who was a late first round draft pick that is the one creating a buzz.

Archie Goodwin is just 18 years old, but has acclimated to playing at the professional level very quickly. And his skill set, while still raw, seems perfect for the uptempo offense that new Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has promised to install for the upcoming season.

Goodwin had another strong summer performance Saturday, finishing with 20 points in 28 minutes, while making all five of his field goal attempts — including two from three-point distance — while getting to the line for 10 free throw attempts.

“I just try to find contact wherever I’m going, and just try to finish through it,” Goodwin said afterward. “I know it’s really not a problem for me to get by that first guy because I have a quick first step, I’m long, and I use my athleticism. It’s just a matter of me absorbing the contact and finishing, and trying to get fouled and get to the line.”

It takes a level of acumen to know what to do with that athleticism once you get into the lane, without ending the play out of control, or by committing a turnover or an offensive foul.

“I know when to attack and when to kick it (out),” he said. “I’ve been getting a lot better at that as well. In high school it was just so easy for me to go score. But once you get against bigger guys, bigger stronger guys, you have to figure out the whole game.”

Hornacek likes what he’s seeing out of Goodwin so far, but is cautious with his optimism at this early stage.

“Our style that we want to try to do is run and push the ball, and that’s good for him the way he plays,” Hornacek said of Goodwin’s game. “He can get out in the open court and make plays. In the half court he’s got to work on defensive stuff, but that’ll come as he learns players, and what other players like to do.”


Additional notes from Saturday’s action:

– The Raptors team that the Suns knocked off had some stellar performances as well. Quincy Acy was a monster inside on both ends of the floor, and finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. And diminutive guard Dwight Buycks consistently got to the rim for buckets inside, and finished with 28 points of his own.

– The D-League Select team had been playing well this Summer League, but their Cinderella story came to an end on Saturday as they were eliminated by the Bobcats in the quarter-finals, even though Cody Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat this one out for Charlotte.

– The Warriors came back to beat the Lakers in the nightcap, thanks to a big game from Kent Bazemore, who finished with a game-high 26 points.

– In the final four on Sunday, Miami will face Phoenix at 3 p.m. local time, followed by the Warriors taking on the Bobcats at approximately 5 p.m. The winners will face off in the championship game Monday night.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    I said this kid would be a steal if he fell past the 20th pick in this draft and everyone dissed me! You can’t ignore his ability to get into the lane and finish with insane athleticism and if the Suns were at all smart they would aid their rebuilding process by trading Dragic (for picks, maybe they could somehow swing Shumpert) and letting Bledsoe and Goodwin be the most dynamic backcourt in the NBA

    • money2long - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      ok, u were making sense until you said “most dynamic backcourt in the nba” .
      while i can see bledsoe and goodwin’s talent, without even thinking that hard, i would say deron williams and joe johnson is more dynamic. and there’s probably more backcourts more dynamic than goodwin and bledsoe. but im not saying they arent a good combo. just..relax bro. lol

    • money2long - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      i’ll still give you a thumbs up

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Everything you said, including the thumbs up part, when reading that saint1997 comment.

        He might have gotten a lil’ too crazy with that most dynamic backcourt comment, but we shall see in a few years. He may not have been that crazy. Archie Goodwin was most definitely a steal for the Suns. I just wish he would have stayed in school just one more year.

  2. cameltoehoe - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    DeAndre Jordan 2.0

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Interested to see how you figure a 6’5″ guard to be the second coming of a 7 foot center?

  3. hildezero - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Wooo… The Suns are making a comeback!

  4. themagicfanguy - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    @saint1997 I get the feeling that “kid” is older than you.

    • saint1997 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      nice skills of deduction my friend…

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