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Draft Express' Prediction: 13th pick in the 2013 draft
NBA player most currently resembles: Eric Bledsoe
All-Star Predictions: None
NBA Awards Predictions: (2) Dunk Contest wins
Projected Role in the NBA: First guard off the bench. Highlight-reel type player
Projected years in the NBA: 10
Breakdown: Despite his incredibly inconsistent play, Archie Goodwin will be just fine in the NBA.
With his extreme athletic ability, including some Top 10 dunks on SportsCenter this year, he has the ability to play with anyone in the NBA right now. The best thing going for Goodwin might be the fact he is confident enough in his game, no matter how good or bad it is.
Standing at 6'5", Goodwin has the size to play the 2-guard spot in the NBA as well and won't be forced to run the show. Despite a lack of outside shooting talent, there are very few people in college basketball this year who are better at getting to the rim or in the lane than Goodwin is.
He has an explosive first step much like former Wildcat Eric Bledsoe and is built much like him as well. With Chris Paul's recent injury keeping him out of the lineup for the Los Angeles Clippers, we have seen what Bledsoe has been able to do at the NBA level.
There's no reason to think Goodwin won't have a very similar career path. The best thing that could happen to him would be to get drafted by a team with a strong veteran experience, much like Paul is for Bledsoe.