The Greensboro Swarm have acquired former 1st round pick Archie Goodwin, per the team:
Drafted 29th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2012 draft, Goodwin played three seasons in Phoenix before the team released him this past October. He was acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans soon after, but was released on November 20th so they could call up Anthony Brown, considered one of the top prospects in the D-League.
For his career, Goodwin has averaged 6.2 points, and two rebounds per game. His best season statistically was last season, when he averaged 8.9 points and 2.5 rebounds playing 19.5 minutes a game. While he started 13 games, he played only 57 through the entire season, and found himself down in the rotation once the Suns got healthier. And while averaging nearly nine points in 19.5 minutes is fairly good, he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and only 23.2 percent from the 3-point line, numbers that are virtually identical to his career percentages. This season, he averaged 5.0 points a game in three games for New Orleans.
While Goodwin hasn’t quite developed at the NBA level, he should be a quality pick up for the Swarm. While Aaron Harrison and Christian Wood have been productive players during their assignments, they leave the Swarm thin when they are called back up to the Hornets. Goodwin should provide another quality guard to the backcourt.
It’s important to note that Swarm’s acquisition of Goodwin does not mean the Hornets own his rights. Players signed by any D-League affiliate are technically owned by the league, and while they may be playing professionally in the D-League, they are considered free agents by NBA teams. That said, the Swarm are likely in constant contact with the Hornets about players on their roster. If Goodwin starts lighting it up, the Hornets will know. Of course, signing Goodwin would mean cutting a player on the current roster.
Anyways, if you’re a fan of the Swarm, you now have the chance to see a former 1st round pick in action. And, if you’ve never seen him play, here’s highlights from last season, when he scored 24 points and knocked down the a game winning 3-pointer that was about as lucky as Lance Stephenson’s was for Charlotte two seasons ago.