SB Nation is posting scouting reports of each prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft. Learn more about Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin.
NAME: Archie Goodwin.
AGE ON DRAFT NIGHT: 18 years, 10 months.
POSITION: Shooting guard.
MEASUREMENTS: 6'5, 189 pounds, 6'9.25 wingspan, 8'6 standing reach.
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RELEVANT ADVANCED STATS: 0.87 assist-to-turnover ratio. For a guy who had the ball in his hands a lot, Goodwin really wasn't a good decision-maker.
SB NATION BIG BOARD POSITION: No. 33.
NBA CEILING: Tony Allen.
NBA FLOOR: NBA Developmental League.
JONATHAN TJARKS' ANALYSIS
Archie Goodwin was widely projected as a lottery pick coming out of high school. A year under the bright lights at Kentucky exposed the holes in his game, but the talent is still there. As a freshman, Goodwin averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists on 44 percent shooting. After losing in the NIT, he said he would have to be "delusional" to leave school. Yet here he is.
At 6'5 and 190 pounds with a 6'9 wingspan, Goodwin is one of the biggest and most athletic guards in the draft. As a good ball-handler with an elite first step, it's virtually impossible to stay in front of him.
However, at this point in his career, he only has the fastball. Against major leaguers, you better have something else to keep the hitters guessing. A guard with Goodwin's size can't just be a slasher; he has to be a shooter or a passer too. And while his athleticism gives him a lot of defensive potential, he will have to adjust the score-first mentality he's played with for most of his career.
That said, Goodwin is still only 18 years old. Stick him in the D-League for a year or two and hope for the best.
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NBA fans will love his athleticism and first step. They will really love what he does in transition, especially when he finally learns to use his left hand for something other than a symmetrical adornment.
NBA fans will hate his tendency to throw himself into traffic and perform all manner of unlikely physical contortions to get off really bad shots.
But more than that, they'll really hate how inconsistent he is from the perimeter. Goodwin's jumpshot form is not the worst you'll see, but his lower body is the biggest problem. He's always shooting at angles or off balance, and at a very flat trajectory. Getting his shooting form fixed is Job One for whoever drafts him.
Goodwin has tremendous athletic ability and he's super competitive. He's extremely fast in transition and when he drives to the lane. And he matches that speed with a nearly 6-foot-10 wingspan. When he gets a rebound, his natural instinct is take off, where he's one of the fastest players from one end of the court to the other. That gets him in trouble sometimes as he's often out of control and goes flying into someone. But it also puts tremendous pressure on a defense to get back or he will score an easy bucket at the rim.
He shot 51.2 percent out of pick-and-rolls this seaso,n per DraftExpress. When he turns the corner, he's looking to attack and gets to the rim at a high rate, as he averaged 6.4 attempts there in 31.8 minutes. On the defensive end, Goodwin shows great promise. He's extremely aggressive and loves playing passing lanes but he can also move his feet and his length can bother shooters.
Goodwin's lack of jump-shooting is going to kill him come Draft time. He's been shooting extremely poor at the Combine as his shot is flat and inconsistent. He shot well at the beginning of the season but really struggled down the stretch and finished shooting just 26.6 percent from three-point range. He's going to have even more trouble adjusting to the NBA three-point line if he doesn't work on his mechanics. He can be turnover-prone as he's ultra-aggressive and rushes himself into bad decisions. His shot selection also left a lot to be desired during his freshman campaign.