After being promoted to the active roster from a 2-way contract, Brandon Goodwin is here to stay. I’ve already talked about his potential as our backup point guard, and now it is coming to fruition, at least for a little while.
Lloyd Pierce said that he expected Brandon Goodwin to remain part of the rotation even as Trae Young returns tomorrow.
— Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) January 2, 2020
After his 21 point eruption in Trae Young’s absence, Goodwin seems to have solidified his role as the backup point guard behind Young, who will be returning to action against the Celtics on Friday, as Chase reported earlier today.
Even with Young coming back, this coaching staff liked what they saw from Goodwin in limited action. He’s only played in 5 games this season, averaging 5.2 points and 1.8 assists while shooting 40% from 3 and 39% from the field. He’s also looked pretty solid on defense as well, so his presence on the 2nd unit is even more warranted.
Atlanta has been badly missing a second ball-handler for when Young exits the game, as Evan Turner hasn’t quite been working out. I’m eager to see if Goodwin can look even half as good as he did on Monday consistently. 21 a game isn’t going to be the norm for him, but he might be able to keep this 2nd unit afloat, which is the Hawks most pressing need.