Anthony Goods is about to have an opportunity of a life time. He’s going to get to try out for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s a journeyman in the NBA’s D-League, but is from Carona, CA. Carona is about 40 minutes from Los angeles, just outside of Riverside, CA.
“It’s a fast life, small town, but a lot of good talent has come from the area.” Said Goods.
Goods was a three star recruit out of Centennial high school in Corona, CA. He went to play for Stanford. Stanford was coming off 30-2 season. Goods said it was an obvious choice to play for the Cardinal.
“They were #1 in the country at some time that year.” Good said “It was far enough from LA that I can get away, but also come back home if I wanted. Great education. Really good school.”
Goods graduated with a degree in Communications from Stanford in 2008. Then he went into the NBA draft. However, he wasn’t drafted. He was drafted into the D-League draft the following month as the 9th pick in the third round by the Bakersfield Jam. Nine games into his season with Bakersfield, he needed hip surgery.
For those that do not know, life in the D-League isn’t like life in the NBA. It’s the best players who either are assigned to teams by their NBA organizations or they weren’t drafted by any team and were picked up by a D-League team. The players have roommates. Most do not have cars, they rely on each other to go out and get to WalMart and other places they may need to go. The team does provide transportation to and from practice and games.
Goods was then drafted the following year by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was cut early in the season after appearing in one game. The Dakota Wizards came calling that season for Goods. With the Wizards, Goods exploded on the D-League scene. He averaged 18.2 games in 38 games. He shot 37.9% from three-point range.
That breakout season with the Wizards opened up the door to a tryout with Team USA in the Pan-AM Games. Goods made it to the final day. However, he didn’t have the best weekend shooting the basketball that he would’ve liked, and he just missed the cut.
“It is a great opportunity any time you can go out and rep your country. I had a bad weekend shooting the ball. Overall it was a great experience.” Goods said.
Coming into this season with the Dakota Wizards, Goods left off from where he was the previous season. In just four games with the Dakota, Goods was averaging 19.0 points per game. While shooting over 48% from three point range.
“It’s funny, it seems like I need to get cut to be motivated. I get cut from the Pan-Am deal. Started out the season pretty hot. Now I’m in Oklahoma City. I’ve been blessed into a great opporunity.” Goods explained.
Goods was coming off a 31 point performance against Idaho when he got the call that Oklahoma City wanted him to be an invitee to training camp.
“I was sitting in my apartment, watching TV Land, Got the call from my agent” Goods said.
Goods talked about the Thunder organization. He said that Oklahoma City has not kept anything from him. He’s felt like family from day one.
“I’ve had a long journey in the D-League. It’s worked out in my case. I’m just hopeful to see what happens.” Goods said.
Goods implied he could be a bit of the underdog in training camp. Dove and Roberts are big men. Goods is the only guard invited to camp. Could depend on his shooting again, just like in the Pan-Am Games.
“It depends on what direction the team wants to go in. If they want to keep another guard or if they want to go big.” Goods said.
With Goods being the underdog. Everyone loves an underdog, more of a reason to root for Goods to make it out of training camp. His shooting and defense has improved every season. Seems ready to take the next step into the NBA. Will be interesting watching him get on the court for the Thunder.
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