NBA Experience: 1Year
Contract Status: Team option for 2012-13
2011-12 Averages: 4.3 ppg, 10.5 mpg, 39% FG, 91% FT, 37% 3PT
If Mike Brown could have committed to a more consistent rotation then Andrew Goudelock might have got some love for being a draft steal. The second round pick out of College of Charleston played with a level of confidence that had Kobe Bryant calling G-Lock the “Mini Mamba”.
Goudelock arrived in L.A. with the reputation of being a shooter but he also showed the ability to hit a smooth Tony Parker-esque runner.
But it wasn’t just Goudelock’s scoring mentality that impressed he also looked more comfortable than expected playing point guard. Now let’s not kid ourselves. Goudelock will never be a starting lead guard in the NBA but his ball handling and decision making proved steady enough to earn more burn than what he got.
At one point in the season Goudelock was actually L.A.’s best scoring threat off the bench putting together a string of double-digit efforts. Like all rookies he struggled with consistency. He also found himself as the forgotten man after being pushed completely out of the rotation once Ramon Sessions arrived.
The Lakers hold a team option for Goudelock’s contract which you would expect to be exercised. Goudelock showed enough promise that he should get a shot at competing for more minutes next season especially now that the future of the Lakers’ point guard position is so up in the air. He’s not going to be a starter but if his ability to run the offense improves enough then Goudelock could eat up some of Steve Blake’s minutes.