May 21, 2013
The NBA Combine is a valuable chance to influence your draft stock, especially if you're one of the relatively few participants to actually go through the skills portion of the event.
Archie Goodwin, who entered as a fringe first-rounder, did just that.
According to SI.com's Chris Mannix, Goodwin was among the "losers" of the NBA Combine:
Goodwin struggled with his jump shot throughout the combine -- "Very flat," a Western Conference coach said -- and looked like the player who said he would be "delusional" to think he was ready for the NBA. There is a raw, Jamal Crawford-like talent in Goodwin, an athletic, dynamic combo guard who can score in a variety of ways. But it could take years to develop that player in him, if it can be brought out at all.
Could Goodwin still go first-round? Yes, potentially, if there's a team that a) sees enough upside and b) is okay with perhaps stashing him in the D-League for a year or two and bringing him along pretty slowly. But it seems just as likely he ends up as a second-round "development/project" type of pick.
While viewing Goodwin as a developmental pick is nothing new - that's how Calipari assessed him last week - it seems like he's proving he has even farther to go than maybe originally thought.
Here's video of Goodwin going through shooting drills at the Combine: