Amongst the legendary names of Los Angeles Lakers legends are guys like Andrew Goudelock. He’s the epitome of getting it out of the mud and making the most of an opportunity. During his short time with the Lakers, he managed to leave lasting memories with me, and others that this piece may bring back.
The Unconventional Route
Goudelock, like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope after him, is a Georgia boy. He played at Stone Mountain High School in DeKalb County. During that time, he led his team to a 24-7 record to close his high school career.
He then went on to star at the College of Charleston, where he spent four years. During that time, he scored 2,571 points, a school-record. Goudelock even locked horns with a scrappy point guard of similar scoring ilk. That player was Steph Curry, who starred at Davidson, a school that is also in the Southern Conference.
A Time To Shine
The performance that Goudelock put on in his four years got him drafted. The Lakers took him in the 2011 NBA Draft with their 46th pick. He didn’t see much time in his rookie year, but he didn’t go unnoticed. Kobe Bryant named him Mini-Mamba for his scoring touch.
During the year, he’d get a few minutes here and there. He was even known for the “Goudelock Drop”, an arching tear-drop that he perfected. Fans had an affinity for the guy and he didn’t shy away from it.
His second season was his last with the Lakers. Before it ended, he got two playoff starts after Bryant went down with an Achilles tear. Goudelock even scored a career-high of 20 points vs. the San Antonio Spurs.
A Dream Fulfilled
Goudelock maximized his basketball abilities all over the world. He’s won a D-League MVP, been in a Euroleague Final Four, and got his taste of the NBA playoffs. To many, those accolades may not mean much, but that’s a lot. Where he’s from, many people don’t make it out and make it that far. Two NBA teams (he also spent time with the Houston Rockets) and worldwide basketball acclaim is a dream for most. Goudelock is living that dream. Last season he played for BC Rytas in Lithuania.
He may not have become the heir to Kobe’s throne, but he got a shot to sit there. And when he briefly warmed the seat, he left a nice mark to be remembered.