PHOENIX — Suns guard Eric Bledsoe was a full participant in practice on Saturday for the first time since undergoing meniscus surgery on his knee, but there’s still no set return date....

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The Suns had an ugly week, going 1-2 overall, but punctuated by a big win on national TV to end it on a high note. Several players made their mark this week, including Mr. 40 points, but one player is really starting to come into his own and could soon become another play maker on both sides of the court.

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Archie Goodwin aka "The Mongoose"

Weekly Stat Averages:

Minutes: 17   Points: 8.6   FG%: .385   Rebounds: 4.3  Steals: 1.0

Although this week will be remembered for the way that Goran Dragic played, and how he dominated the New Orleans Pelicans on a sore ankle to score 40 points, there was another player who also turned some heads.

Archie Goodwin, the 29th draft pick in the 2013 draft, has always been considered an investment for the future since he was first picked by the Suns.  The Suns' front office believed that the then 18 year-old Goodwin had blue-chip talent and would have been a lottery pick in the 2014 draft if he had stayed at Kentucky another year.

Knowing that it would take time to develop Archie's skill set and polish his game was part of the plan.  The Suns have been bringing him along very slowly this season, without expectations or pressure, giving him mostly spot minutes on the court and sending him to the D-League on a couple of assignments to give him extra playing time.

However, in the last few games, the Suns have begun to give Goodwin a few more minutes, and his improvement over when he first began playing this season has been apparent.

Looking at the stats above, nothing seems spectacular about his play based solely on the numbers alone.  However, when you watch him play, you can't help but notice the raw talent and immense potential.

Archie had his break out game against Utah this week, in one of the worst overall games the Suns played this season.

In that game, Goodwin played 27 minutes and scored 16 points on 6-10 shooting.  He also grabbed 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and registered a block as well.

Goodwin also scored 10 points in the game before against the Timberwolves, where he went 5-9 from the field in his 16 minutes of play.

Although Archie only played 8 minutes last night and failed to score against the Pelicans, this has definitely been his best week as a Sun.  If nothing else, it is giving him valuable experience competing against NBA talent, and will help him continue to develop into the player the front office envisioned him becoming when they drafted him.


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How will Eric Bledsoe's eventual return impact Archie Goodwin's development this season?

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The Suns made a change to the bottom of the roster today...Here's the scoop.

In an unexpected move today, the Phoenix Suns waived 3rd string center Slava Kravtsov, and signed the 30 year old, 6'10", 240 lb Shavlik Randolph in his place.

Randolph is best known for his collegiate career at Duke University, where he played for the Blue Devils from 2003-2005.   After going undrafted in the 2005 NBA Draft, Randolph was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia 76ers where he remained on the roster for three years but has bounced around the league ever since.

Randolph last appeared in an NBA uniform last season for the Boston Celtics, where he played in 16 games.  In those games, he averaged 12.4 minutes, 4.2 points, and 4.4 rebounds.

This season, he had been playing overseas in China for the Foshan Long Lions, and is now headed to Phoenix where he will be available for tomorrow night's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Slava Kravtsov played in 20 games for the Suns where he averaged about 3 minutes, 1 point, and .9 rebounds.


Here are some quotes from the team...Including the new big guy himself:





PHOENIX — The Suns signed 6-foot-10 forward Shavlik Randolph and released little-used center Slava Kravtsov Saturday morning. Randolph was recently playing overseas in China where he was...

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BOSTON — So much of the focus at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is on analyzing and optimizing performance on the court. SportVu cameras capture players’ every movement in real-time....

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