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2011-12 Report Card: Andrew Goudelock

May, 25, 2012
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Selected with the 46th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, in his first interview with a local press corps unfamiliar with him and his skill set, Andrew Goudelock filled in the blanks. "Unless something happens, unless I gain some kind of disease where I forget how to shoot, I'm gonna keep shooting until the day I die," he said.


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Andrew Goudelock surprised many by making the team, and even more by contributing.


Certainly he'd done just that at College of Charleston, where Goudelock averaged 23.7 points a game as a senior, and over four years hit over 40 percent of his 3's. This as an undersized 2-guard. But in the NBA, would he be able to get his shot off? Would he be able to defend guys far bigger than he? (Goudelock is no more his listed 6'3" than I am.)

He addressed that back in June, as well.

"Being competitive on the offensive end also means being competitive on the defensive end. So I'm gonna get better every day," he said. "I'm gonna strap down on defense and if it means I'm gonna have to guard somebody 6'5" or 6'6", I'm gonna have to do that. I'm gonna have to figure it out, just like I figured out everything else."

The last phrase is key. Goudelock carries the shoulder chip of a guy told at every level he wasn't good/big/quick enough to make it, and always found ways to succeed. It's an appealing quality, but nonetheless after the draft a lot was stacked against him. Thanks to the lockout, he couldn't work out at the facility, learn the new system, or gain experience in summer league.

In the end, though, the lockout may have worked in Goudelock's favor, particularly after the Chris Paul trade was nixed by the league. Had it gone through, the Lakers suddenly would have had a full complement of guards -- Paul, Derek Fisher, Steve Blake, and Kobe Bryant -- and no space for him. But it didn't, the Lakers were put in scramble mode. Goudelock showed enough in the truncated preseason to impress Mike Brown and his staff, and voila!

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Goudelock was a Laker, and surprisingly enough, the kid came in handy.

STATISTICS

4.4 points per game, 39.1 percent shooting, 37.3 percent 3-point shooting, .8 rebounds, .5 assists in 10.5 minutes over 40 games played.

HIGHLIGHTS

Goudelock hit a pair of triples in the season opener against Chicago, but playing time was hard to come by until Steve Blake suffered a rib injury in December. Pressed into service on a guard-thin team, Goudelock showed he could score at the NBA level, notching 14 points against the Clippers on January 25th, 13 on the 28th in Milwaukee, 12 two days later against Charlotte, and 13 more against the Nuggets on February 3. Goudelock showed confidence from distance, and a willingness to put the ball on the floor to attack, where he'd typically finish with a nifty floater. Still, like most rookies, he was on a short leash, and Goudelock struggled to find minutes as the season went along.

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