Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/10/13
Suns fans have arrived at a reflective place. They can respect a rebuilding project as long as the blueprint looks sound. Archie Goodwin is the symbol of a franchise that finally has some vision. He will flash jaw-dropping open-court skills one minute an inconsistent shooting touch another. More than anything though is the promise of greatness an intriguing story line as the Suns play their second preseason game tonight against Portland. “Patience” Goodwin said “will help me in this league.” You better believe it. Goodwin turned 19 less than two months ago. Nineteen. He is called “rook” by his teammates sent out to make the occasional donut run. But the guard has earned their respect with a work ethic that often finds him on the court long after a practice and with a game that turned heads during Summer League ball. Restraint must accompany the seven-game Las Vegas run but the 13.1 points per game average the slipperiness around defenders and the fearless finishing skills point to a player with a great growth trajectory. After watching Goodwin in the Suns’ preseason opening victory over Israeli League champion Maccabi Bazan Haifa Monday coach Jeff Hornacek pointed out an instinctual knack to the player’s game too. “We called a couple plays out of timeouts (that) were really designated for another guy” Hornacek said “but they denied that guy and (Goodwin) just automatically interchanged and ran the play. “As coaches that’s just playing basketball. We can’t sit there and tell them every scenario that will happen out there. They’ve just got to make their own reads at times and he did a good job of that.” It will take a strong and dedicated commitment by both player and staff to make Goodwin blossom into an elite NBA player. He is 6-foot-5 with an impressive wingspan but needs to gets stronger to survive the grind of the league. The biggest rap on him is his jump shot but he seems to be putting in the work to knock it down more consistently. “It’s constantly trying to teach him what the good shot is what the bad shot is” Hornacek said. “The guys who are confident they think they can make any shot.” If you watch Goodwin in practice he is not afraid to pick the brain of the guy next to him. “It’s very similar in some respects to the way Kobe (Bryant) came into the league” Hornacek said. “He was young. He wanted to learn everything. It’s probably what made him such a great player. “Hopefully Archie continues to learn. He’s asking coaches questions he’s asking players questions. … We’re glad he’s working that hard.” It will be up to Hornacek and staff too to guide Goodwin along this path and strike the right balance between asking too much and too little by putting him in situations to succeed while allowing him to work through early struggles. Hornacek seems like the right coach for the job a 16-year NBA guard with a demeanor and perspective well-suited to steer a rookie’s growth. Goodwin who was the 29th overall pick in the draft might be a part of the Suns’ long-term plan but the organization sounds willing to let him work things out in the short-term too.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Top eight takeways from Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas

Tony Romo upset with situation, distancing himself from teammates and coach

Kings owner looking for an executive to place over Vlade Divac

Elway: Broncos plan to 'stay the course' with Siemian, Lynch

Boykin may have violated probation, could face jail time

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USF suspends DB indefinitely for role in shooting, arrest

Softball player, coach get physical in handshake line

Kraft: Patriots do not intend to trade Malcolm Butler

Brandon Marshall talks about how he can help Odell Beckham

Scherzer makes Tebow look silly in spring training at-bat

Lonzo Ball discusses headlines his father creates

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker