Per Shams Charania, the Hawks reached a two-year contract agreement with Brandon Goodwin on Tuesday, thereby guaranteeing his contract and removing his two-way status:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 11, 2020
Goodwin is a local product out of Norcross High School. He played ball at Central Florida before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was named the 2018 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. However, Goodwin went undrafted. He went on to play for the Memphis Grizzles in Summer League and then the G League, and later signed a two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets that allowed him to make his first few NBA appearances.
Back in August, Goodwin signed a two-way contract with his hometown Hawks. He impressed in College Park, averaging 19.1 points and 7.5 assists per game, good enough to make the Eastern Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team. And with the Hawks having no backup point guard on the roster at the time, he got his crack in Atlanta.
Frankly, Goodwin has outperformed Jeff Teague since his acquisition, though Teague had trouble getting his feet wet in Atlanta and seems to be finding a groove.
The numbers will not pop out at you due to limited minutes, and Goodwin is not the biggest player on the court, but if you have been keeping up with the Hawks, there are moments where you see him play and say, “Wow.” He has been a bit inconsistent, but when he is on, he looks like he belongs on an NBA court. He set a career-high with 21 points against Orlando in December, which he has been able to post twice this season.
This is more quality decision-making by Travis Schlenk, using his last remaining roster opening to lock up a young player that has earned it. Goodwin has stood out as a reserve for the Hawks, and with him still being 24 years old, there is always the potential for more.