Andrew Goudelock has carved a very atypical path to the NBA. After leaving the College of Charleston as it’s all-time leading scorer, he was a second round pick of the Lakers in the 2011 Draft. Over the course of that season, he played in 40 games, averaging 4.4 points and under 1 assist and rebound per game on .391 shooting from the field. After being cut by the Lakers before the 2012-13 season, he was drafted by the Sioux Falls SkyForce with the second overall selection of the 2012 D-League Draft (after former Purdue standout JaJuan Johnson). While with Sioux Falls, he averaged 20.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds, marked improvements from his passing and rebounding numbers in the NBA, even at 36 minutes. When asked about the ability to get into the paint he’s shown at Summer League, he had this to say.
“In the D-League, when my shot wasn’t falling I had to do something else” and describes himself in the D-League as “more of a get to the rim guy, with floaters and things like that. It comes in handy when your shot isn’t falling.” He credits the D-League for helping him refine the rougher edges of his game.
“The D-League has helped me out so much, completing my game, and showing everything I can do.”
After a couple months with Sioux Falls, Goudelock was traded to the eventual D-League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he was even better than in Sioux Falls, posting averages of 21.4 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals on .491 shooting from the field, .404 from the line. For his efforts, he was named the 2012-13 NBA D-League MVP, and was called back up to the Lakers in time to play in the regular season finale against the Houston Rockets. He played in three playoff games with the Lakers, starting Game 3 against the Spurs and recording a career high 20 points in the loss.
And so, Andrew Goudelock came to Vegas Summer League 2013 with the Bulls, trying to prove once and for all that he belongs in the NBA. He averaged 19.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists on .471 shooting in five games in Las Vegas.
“I think it definitely helps,” Goudelock said about Summer League. “Guys that haven’t seen me besides the playoffs with the Lakers or in the D-League, you know it’s a good opportunity for them the see the other sides of my game besides more than scoring the ball.”
When asked about what he can take from his experiences in the D-League and this Summer in Vegas, he responded. “I played point the whole time today, and we got the dub. I played point the whole time in the D-League, and we won a championship. I’m a winner. That’s the biggest thing, it’s a basketball game, and everyone’s playing to win. I just wanna come out here and show that, I can do a little bit of everything.”
Whatever anyone says about Andrew Goudelock, they can never say that he lacks for confidence. If he doesn’t make an NBA roster this summer, he’ll certainly try again next year. If he doesn’t make it then, he’ll try again the year after that. No is never an answer where the NBA is concerned for the indefatigable Andrew Goudelock.