News of a May 4 arrest at a skating rink in Arkansas involving Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin surfaced on Tuesday.
Goodwin, 19, a first-round pick initially by the Oklahoma City Thunder whose rights were traded to Phoenix during the 2013 NBA draft, was charged with refusal to submit to arrest and disorderly conduct, according to AZCentral.com's Paul Coro.
When he was being taken into custody outside of a skating rink, Goodwin resisted and was yelling profanities at someone as he was being pulled away.
That led to his booking in a Sherwood, Arkansas, jail. Goodwin will have a hearing on June 3 with regard to the charges at Little Rock's Arkansas Skatium. The bizarre saga unfolded at around 11 p.m. on the night of the arrest.
As one of the University of Kentucky's many one-and-done recruits, an additional year in college may have allowed Goodwin to further develop his game. After averaging 14.1 points per contest as a freshman in Lexington, he struggled to find a spot in the Suns' rotation in the 2013-14 NBA season, relegated to an average of 10.3 minutes in part due to the squad's surprising ascent into playoff contention.
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla alluded to the success the Suns had in his analysis, along with the promise Goodwin flashed in the season finale:
Phoenix Suns won surprising 48 games and youngest guy (I believe) in last year's draft, Archie Goodwin dropped 29 in finale.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) April 18, 2014
All-Star caliber point guard Goran Dragic tried to be encouraging to the young Goodwin as his rookie campaign wore on, per the team's official Twitter account:
"I just tell him to be patient. He will get more playing time next season. I felt like @SteveNash talking to me." ~ Dragic on Archie Goodwin— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 17, 2014
There is still a ton of room for Goodwin's game to improve, and evidently he has some maturing to do away from the court as well in light of this run-in with the law. Given the upside Goodwin has, though, general manager Ryan McDonough made a sage long-term investment with the 29th overall pick of last year's perceived weak draft.
As strong of a job as McDonough did in his first year in the role, his maiden try at the draft netted little immediate impact between Goodwin and No. 5 overall pick Alex Len. However, if the two can help push each other this summer and Phoenix can keep the rest of its nucleus intact and cohesive, the Suns could be even greater of a force in the deep Western Conference this coming season.