Monday, August 12, 2013

Phoenix Suns rookie plans on giving teams that bypassed him 'hell'

Most rookies in any sport are humble and happy to be in the league in which they're playing in. You will find some that don't or won't respect anyone or have a chip on their shoulder determined to prove their doubters wrong.

You can put Phoenix Suns rookie Archie Goodwin in the last category.

Goodwin was selected 29th in the first round by the Suns but felt he should've gone higher. Maybe teams didn't see what he saw in himself or maybe they remembered him for being on an underachieving Kentucky team that failed to make it into the NCAA tournament.

After a good showing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Goodwin has a message for those who bypassed him.

“It would have been great to have been drafted where I thought I should have been,” Goodwin told SLAM during last week’s Panini photo shoot portion of the Rookie Transition Program. “Now every team that didn’t pick me, I’ve got to give them hell.”

“I know a lot of guys in this [Draft] class are not better than me,” said Goodwin. “I’m blessed to even be here, but to see how far I slid down—it was a surprise. Every game I go into, I’m showing every team that didn’t pick me that they made a mistake.”

Goodwin is working to improve his jump shot and round out his overall game.

Even though he's only a  rookie and has a lot to learn about the NBA, if Goodwin is determined and works hard he might be giving some of those teams a lot of 'hell' over the course of his career.  

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