Player Capsule: Andrew Goudelock

June 25, 2013 1:58 pm PDT
Andrew Goudelock

Andrew Goudelock’s unique 2012-13 basketball season came full circle.

After getting waived by the Lakers at the end of training camp, Goudelock spent almost the entire season in the NBA D-League, where he was terrific, as proven when he was named the D-League MVP at the conclusion of the season.

But that wasn't the end of his season, because the Lakers came calling with an NBA Call Up in mid April after Kobe Bryant went down with a season-ending Achilles injury.

Just two weeks later, Goudelock made his first career NBA start in Game 3 of the playoffs due to even more injuries to every rotation player in the backcourt – Steve Nash (hamstring/hip/back issues), Steve Blake (hamstring), Jodie Meeks (ankle) and Bryant.

It was quite an experience for the former College of Charleston standout.

“I couldn’t have pictured this happening at all,” he explained in his exit interview. “I ended up getting a call, everybody got hurt and I’m starting in the playoffs. It’s the weirdest thing. It still sounds weird to me saying it.”

Goudelock, who was presented with his D-League MVP trophy at Stapes Center, dropped a career-high 20 points in his first start, and added 14 points and four boards in Game 4. He's always been able to score, at every level, but felt good about being able to prove it when everything was at stake.

The 6-3 combo guard is a free agent come July 1; he hopes he's shown enough to stick in the NBA.

“The experience I gained was invaluable moving forward,” he concluded. “Whoever was watching knows I can definitely play. I think I took advantage of my opportunity.”