Good­win grinds in 5th Sum­mer League

He’s played 165 NBA games, but still has to prove him­self a player

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS -

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.

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