When the Lakers selected Andrew Goudelock in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, they landed themselves arguably the best shooter coming out of college. He fell to the second round largely because he played at a school well out of the national limelight. Skepticism about how well his game would translate to the NBA was justified.
The results in his first season were mixed. His overall numbers are not pretty, and as he is supposed to be a shooter, his sub 40 FG% looks bad. Having watched him play, many fans are actually surprised not that he did not shoot better but that he did not receive more opportunities. A general trend emerges after looking at his numbers in more detail: with more minutes Goudelock offered increasing productivity. There is an obvious caveat: players who play well see more minutes; players who play poorly tend not to receive extra minutes. Thus, for many bench players, success and more minutes are highly correlated. I grant that thought, but Goudelock's numbers are strikingly correlated:
Ten games Goudelock played his fewest minutes:
FG: 2-9, 3PT: 0-5, 6 points in 29 minutes
Ten games with second fewest minutes:
FG: 10-34, 3PT: 5-16, 28 points in 79 minutes
Ten games with second most minutes:
FG: 20-49, 3PT: 9-23, 49 points in 113 minutes
Ten games with most minutes:
FG: 36-82, 3PT: 14-31, 92 points in 199 minutes
This yields the following breakdown:
FG% / 3pt% / PP36 (points per 36 minutes)
.222 / .000 / 7.45 (fewest minutes per game)
.294 / .313 / 12.76
.408 / .391 / 15.61
.439 / .452 / 16.64 (most minutes per game)
Now, if we take the twenty games in which he played his most minutes (at least 9.5) we get the following results:
20 games, 312 minutes, 56-131 FGs (.427), 23-54 threes (.426), 141 points, 7.1 PPG, 1.08 Points Per Shot (PPS), 16.3 PP36
Compare that with other Guards not named Kobe Bryant on LA's roster (by minutes played):
Blake: .377 FG, .335 3pt, 5.2 PPG, 1.03 PPS, 8.0 PP36
Fisher: .383 FG, .324 3pt, 5.9 PPG, 1.05 PPS, 8.2 PP36
Sessions: .479 FG, .486 3pt, 12.7 PPG, 1.38 PPS, 14.9 PP36
Goudelock's numbers are clearly better than Blake's and Fisher's. They are better than Matt Barnes's if we count him as a Guard, too. There are some conclusions worth drawing from this info.
First, when Goudelock played more, he played better.
Second, when Goudelock played at least 9.5 minutes, he was our second best scoring/shooting guard to put next to Kobe Bryant.
Third, despite being a rookie, Goudelock was trusted to play 9.5 minutes or more in 20 games (half his games and one-third of the season's games).