Summer Bummer: Lakers' Andrew Goudelock Struggles with His Shot - Fan's Analysis

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When the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Andrew Goudelock in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft out of the College of Charleston they knew one thing:

The dude can score.

With his 2011 rookie season behind him, Lakers fans like me watched Goudelock's 2012 NBA Summer League hoping he could once again show his dominant scoring ways.

But Goudelock's summer was a huge disappointment.

Goudelock's College Scoring Success

The Lakers drafted Andrew Goudelock to score. Plain and simple.

Goudelock was the leading scorer in the history of the College of Charleston and finished fourth among NCAA Division 1 scorers his senior year at 23.7 points per game. The 6'3" guard had a good stroke in college, hitting at least 45% of his field goal attempts in each of his four college seasons.

And that's why the Lakers drafted him: The dude can score.

Goudelock's Rookie Season

The stats Andrew Goudelock put up during his rookie season with the Lakers in 2011 are not overly impressive:

40 G's, 10.5 MPG, 4.4 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.5 APG, 39% FG, 37% 3PT

But looking at Andrew Goudelock's stats from last year as a whole do not tell the full story. Of the 40 games he appeared in, the Lakers' rookie played less than 10 minutes in 22 of them. Shooters need to get into a rhythm, which is difficult to do in fits and starts off the bench.

Goudelock gave Lakers fans like me a flash of what he can do when he gets minutes during a seven-game stretch of games in late January and early February 2012 when point guard Steve Blake was injured. Here are Andrew Goudelock's stats from January 25th through February 6th, 2012:

7 G's, 22 MPG, 12.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 51% FG, 57% 3PT

While filling in for Steve Blake and getting decent minutes, Andrew Goudelock played well. In particular, he shot well. Goudelock's 28-55 FG (51%) and especially his 12-21 3-pointers (57%) were solid.

But Goudelock's minutes disappeared late in his rookie season after Steve Blake's return and coach Mike Brown tightened up his playoff roster.

Coming into the 2012 NBA Summer League, Lakers fans were hopeful that Andrew Goudelock would break out.

And instead, he flamed out.

Andrew Goudelock's Summer Bummer

It was indeed a summer bummer for Andrew Goudelock.

In five NBA Summer League games Goudelock only hit 31.6% (18-57) of his field goal attempts, including just 23.8% of his 3-pointers.

For a player who was drafted to score, the young Laker guard did very little of it this summer.

Through his first three NBA Summer League games versus Golden State, Sacramento, and Miami, Goudelock made just 10-39 (25.6%) of his FG's, including just 2-14 of his three-pointers.

He did warm up a little over his last two games against San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers going 8-18 (44.4%) from the field to bring his overall averages up after his horribly slow start.

But with the relative lack of rebounding and assists the Lakers get from Andrew Goudelock, if he is not scoring, he is not contributing.

While nobody should overreact over five Summer League games, it was discouraging to see Goudelock fail to make a big step forward. The Lakers sorely need depth on their bench - especially young depth - and Andrew Goudelock was a prime candidate to break out.

But instead, he literally missed his chance this summer.

What a bummer, indeed.

Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Lakers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:

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