The Phoenix Suns announced on Monday that they have released guard Archie Goodwin. The Suns roster currently stands at 15 players.
The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Archie Goodwin, the team announced on Monday.
Goodwin was a member of the Suns for three seasons, making his debut in 2013. He enjoyed the best numbers of his three-year career last season, in which he totaled 8.9 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, and 19.5 minutes per game.
The news surprised many around the basketball world. Goodwin is just 22-years old, and there is plenty to like about his game. As nbadraft.net reported, Goodwin is quick, athletic, and can easily finish at the rim.
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However, the Suns enter the 2016-17 season with a lot of talent at the guard position.
Goodwin filled in last season as the point guard with starter Eric Bledsoe and backup Brandon Knight sidelined with injuries, but would certainly not have started over them heading into the season opener on Wednesday. Devin Booker patrols the shooting guard position while Leandro Barboso serves as his backup after signing a two-year deal worth $8-million that will put him in a Suns uniform for the third time in his career (’03-’09, ’13).
Goodwin certainly has upside in his game, but not enough to justify shaking up the roster just to include him on it.
After all, Barbosa seemingly serves as a better backup than Goodwin. Barbosa is a seasoned veteran with a winning mentality, especially after coming off back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals with his Golden State Warriors.
It does not take a dummy to realize that Goodwin is a good player. The fact that he is young and still maturing is a bonus on his part. It won’t take long before teams are calling for him.
With the release of Goodwin, the Suns roster is trimmed down to 15 players. All NBA teams have by opening day to set their official rosters.
The Suns open up the regular season on Wednesday at home against the Sacramento Kings.