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Archie Goodwin and Marcus Lee excel in Summer League to keep NBA dreams alive

Goodwin broke the Summer League scoring record and Lee put on a show above the rim. Will it get them an NBA contract?

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This Summer League has been a good one for a couple of Kentucky Wildcats fighting for their NBA dreams.

Archie Goodwin and Marcus Lee have both impressed this summer. For Goodwin, his triumph has come in the form of the Summer League’s all-time scoring record. The former first-round pick has 342 points in the Summer League, and he passed Coby Karl with 13 points in a Summer League win over the Boston Celtics.

At 23 years old, Goodwin still has time to find a clear role for himself in the NBA, and this record shows that he could have what it takes. But thus far in his career, Goodwin hasn’t been able to find a role or stay on a team.

The former UK one-and-done has played for the Phoenix Suns, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Brooklyn Nets in his five-year career. He did not play for an NBA team last year.

Lee is another former Wildcat fighting to make an NBA roster. Lee played his first three years of college ball at Kentucky and was apart of the famous 38-1 team. He then transferred to California, redshirting before playing his senior season with the Golden Bears this year.

Lee was able to do what Kentucky fans remember him for best during his Summer League stint: finish above the rim.

Lee entered this Summer League as an undrafted free agent. After earning a spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer team, he did his part to show he can be a versatile face-up big man.

Both Lee and Goodwin are hoping their performances in this Summer League were enough to garner a roster spot this year.