Phoenix Suns rookie shooting guard Archie Goodwin declared for the 2013 NBA Draft after just one season with the Kentucky Wildcats thinking he was one of the best players to enter this past year’s crop of prospects.
But on draft night, he had to sit back and watch 28 teams bypass him in favor of players they believed to be better prospects than Goodwin.
The Suns made a draft night deal to move up and grab Goodwin with the 29th overall pick, and now, he has a message to those who didn’t think he was worth drafting:
“It would have been great to have been drafted where I thought I should have been,” Goodwin told SLAM Magazine prior to the start of the 2014 NBA Season. “Now every team that didn’t pick me, I’ve got to give them hell.”
Goodwin got off to a good start after he turned a lot of heads in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 13.1 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game.
He still ended up starting the year in the D-League, where he continued to show he was ready for the real NBA with his freakish athleticism and scoring ability:
Though he would eventually be called up to the Suns roster full-time, he played only 10 minutes a game and averaged just 3.7 points. Once the suns’ season ended after barely missing out on the playoffs, Goodwin sat down to discuss his time at UK with KSTV: