Goodwin grinds in 5th Summer League
He’s played 165 NBA games, but still has to prove himself a player
Las Vegas Archie Goodwin is about to set a record.
It won’t be cause for celebration.
Goodwin is a veteran of 165 NBA games, has scored 20 points on 10 occasions, and had a monthlong stretch with Phoenix two years ago where he started and averaged 16 points per game while playing against a slew of All-stars in that span.
He thinks he’s proven.
The rest of the league doesn’t see it the same way. So he’s back in the NBA Summer League — where, after scoring six points for Portland on Saturday in the Trail Blazers’ 93-78 win over the Utah Jazz, he moved within 13 points of matching Coby Karl’s record for the Las Vegas event. Karl scored 337 points. Goodwin is up to 324, according to data compiled by Realgm.
“It comes with the job,” Goodwin said. “My world is just different. I’m just trying to stay positive and continue to fight, looking for a chance to show how I can help a team.”
Saturday was Day 2 of the Summer League in Las Vegas, with another 10 games on the schedule. More 10-game slates await on Sunday and Monday, and the tournament runs through July 17.
Most guys in Vegas are playing for the first or second time. Goodwin is playing in the event for the fifth time.
Drafted No. 29 overall by Oklahoma City in 2013, Goodwin has gotten NBA time with Phoenix, Brooklyn and New Orleans. He appeared in five preseason games with Portland last season as well, but doesn’t even have as much as a training camp deal for this fall.
“I’m a resilient person,” Goodwin said. “That speaks to how I was raised that way, to never give up on my dreams. Hopefully the right situation pops up.”
Knicks 91, Hawks 89: Kevin
Knox, the ninth overall selection in last month’s draft, led New York with 22 points and eight rebounds. Troy Williams added 17 points and Allonzo Trier, who went undrafted out of Arizona, had 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. John Collins scored 30 points for Atlanta, hitting 4 of 7 on 3s.
notes: Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix’s rebuilding plans, signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the
Suns . ... The Hornets’ Malik Monk (fractured thumb) and 76ers rookie Landry Shamet (sprained right ankle) were hurt Friday and will miss the remainder of Summer League . ... The Pistons have signed second-round draft pick Bruce Brown Jr . ... The Timberwolves have signed rookie forward Keita Bates-diop to an undisclosed deal.