Andrew Goudelock’s basketball career is back on the rise, as the former College of Charleston star has been named most valuable player of the NBA D-League and is getting a second shot with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Goudelock, a 6-3 guard, averaged 21.4 points and 5.8 assists while playing for Rio Grande Valley and Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League this season.
The Lakers drafted Goudelock with the 46th pick in 2011, but then cut him before the start of the 2012-13 season.
They re-signed Goudelock on April 14 after Kobe Bryant suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
“This is like home for me,” Goudelock told reporters in Los Angeles when he was called up. “This is the first place I played in the NBA, and for me to be able to come back, it was surreal for me. When I got the call, I didn’t even know (what to think). I was just looking at my coach for like five minutes, like, ‘Are you serious? Are you playing with me?’ So, this is a surreal feeling. I just want to take advantage of it.”
Goudelock said it was difficult to deal with life in the D-League after spending his rookie year with the Lakers.
“The D-League is definitely tough,” Goudelock said. “From the pay, to the travel, to dealing with different guys, different personalities, different coaches — it’s definitely a learning curve.
“It definitely stinks to have to leave the NBA, leave all this and then go there,” he said. “Then you think you deserve to be called up, you think that you deserve to be in the NBA, but it doesn’t happen. You just have to wait. You just have to wait and wait and wait, and it’s devastating, but when it does happen, words can’t really explain how you feel. And I feel like I got so much better, it’s almost like I’m getting a second chance here. Whereas, when I first came in, I didn’t know that much. This time I’m coming around and I know a lot.”
Goudelock and Darius Morris started Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against San Antonio, which ended late Friday night.
In a 102-91 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday, Goudelock hit one of two shots for two points with an assist and a steal in six minutes. The Spurs won the first two games of the series.