Archie Goodwin becomes Summer League’s all-time leading scorer
If you have to guess who is the all-time leading scorer in NBA Summer League history, it’s probably safe to say that it was a high lottery pick or someone that quickly became a superstar in the NBA.
Maybe Anthony Morrow? He holds the record for most points with 47 after all, a record that has yet to be broken nearly a decade later although many have come close, like the Philadelphia 76ers’ Furkan Korkmaz this year.
Not only is Morrow or an NBA superstar the wrong answer by a wide margin, the players on the top 5 of the all-time leading scorers’ list are not even in an NBA team.
Tops on the list is Archie Goodwin, whose 13 points against the Boston Celtics helped the 23-year-old erase the five-year record of Coby Karl to launch him into first place.
Archie Goodwin now the all-time leading scorer in summer league history, surpassing Coby Karl.
— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) July 16, 2018
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— Ben Creighton (@Ben_CreightonTV) July 16, 2018
While there have been numerous Summer League iterations going back to the 90s, it was only in 2004 through the Las Vegas Summer League did the offseason scrimmages featuring draft picks, sophomore talents, and potential camp tryout bodies started to take off, eventually earning the Thomas and Mack Center event some much needed TV coverage and a more serious framework that includes a playoff bracket and championship.
As for Goodwin, the 6-foot-5 former McDonald’s All-American is hoping that he could finally find some solid footing in the NBA after bouncing around from numerous NBA and G-League teams after a semi-successful three year run with the Phoenix Suns. After being waived by the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2017 preseason and now back representing their Summer League squad, the scoring guard hopes that his play could earn him a spot at their upcoming rotation.