Archie Goodwin dribbles into the paint against New Orleans last season

Pelicans shootaround presented by HUB International: Archie Goodwin may need to be ready to play immediately vs. Warriors

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

SAN FRANCISCO – He just officially joined his new team this morning. A few hours later, guard Archie Goodwin will be asked to help slow down the “Splash Brothers” duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, as well as the rest of the defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors.

In yet another example of the New Orleans Pelicans having to quickly adjust to being without an injured key player, after waiving guard Lance Stephenson (groin surgery), they acted fast to sign a roster replacement. Goodwin, who last played for the Phoenix Suns in 2015-16, jumped on a short flight from Arizona at 7 p.m. Sunday night to become the newest member of the Pelicans (0-6) in the Bay Area. He participated in shootaround in downtown San Francisco this morning and will need to be ready to play against the Warriors (4-2).

“We’re limited in a lot of areas,” said Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry, alluding to his team only having 12 available players, including Goodwin. “So I would say if he dresses out for the game, he’ll have an opportunity to play.”

Stephenson had handled many of the backup point guard responsibilities in the first six games, but Goodwin has been more of a wing player than Stephenson during his NBA career. Gentry said he does not see an exact comparison between the two players or in what New Orleans may ask of Goodwin.

“I don’t know if I see him exactly in that situation,” Gentry said of Goodwin running the second-unit offense like Stephenson did. “I think he has a lot of the capabilities of doing that, but he’s just a good, athletic player we can stick out there and try to see what he can do. After one walkthrough and one shootaround, obviously we are very limited in what we can do offensively with him on the floor… he’ll have to play on instincts a lot.”

Other notes from Monday’s shootaround:

Gentry on the disappointment of Stephenson getting injured and the team’s lack of options other than to waive him: “Lance did everything we possibly could’ve asked him to do. He was great on and off the court. It was just a situation where we had to have a roster spot to add an addition to our team. If Lance was not hurt, he would still be here and would still be playing minutes. This is not about anything that Lance did or didn’t do.” …

Goodwin on what he brings to an NBA team: “Offensively, I attack. I get to the free throw line, get into the lane and make plays. Defensively is where I’m going to have to step it up a lot. This year, I really want to be a two-way player. I feel like offensively, we’ve got (Anthony Davis) and plenty of scoring. But defensively is something I can really contribute to.”

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