Atlanta Hawks 2019 Offseason Grades: Signing Brandon Goodwin to Two-Way Deal

Brandon Goodwin Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Brandon Goodwin Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Our offseason grades series nearly reaches its thrilling conclusion with a quick discussion of the Atlanta Hawks signing Brandon Goodwin to a Two-Way contract.

The Atlanta Hawks made a flurry of moves during the 2019 offseason, which concluded with the team re-signing NBA legend and national treasure Vince Carter for his final season in the league.

Before the team made that transaction, however, the final deal they had in place was a signing of former Denver Nuggets Two-Way player Brandon Goodwin:

Goodwin only played 16 games with the #2-seeded Nuggets team last year that had little place for a rookie point guard as they strolled all the way to the #2 seed in a stacked Western Conference.

However, with the Atlanta Hawks, Goodwin might have a better chance to crack the rotation as a steady option at the one behind Trae Young and backup Evan Turner.

During his four-year collegiate career at UCF and Florida Gulf Coast, Goodwin showed himself to be a capable steward and ballhandler with a knack for making the right pass almost all the time.

Though not a strong three-point shooter (30.1% percent in his college career per Sports Reference), he did shoot 76.9 percent from the foul line per Sports Reference during his two years at Gulf Coast, which is usually a better indicator of NBA three-point success than college triples.

Goodwin also considerably improved his turnover rate during his final years at Gulf Coast, averaging 13.8 percent turnover rate per Sports Reference.

In his final year at Gulf Coast in 2017-18, Goodwin averaged 18.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 33.4 minutes a game on the way to being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year.

Grade: B

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Signing Goodwin represents a low-cost flyer on an older young player to serve as a third-string point guard behind Young and Turner. As long as he can make quick decisions with the ball in his hands, unlike his predecessor Jaylen Adams, he’ll do just fine.