Suns fans have arrived at a reflective place. They can respect a rebuilding project as long as the blueprint looks sound.

Archie Goodwin is the symbol of a franchise that finally has some vision. He will flash jaw-dropping open-court skills one minute an inconsistent shooting touch another. More than anything though is the promise of greatness an intriguing story line as the Suns play their second preseason game tonight against Portland.

“Patience” Goodwin said “will help me in this league.”

You better believe it. Goodwin turned 19 less than two months ago. Nineteen. He is called “rook” by his teammates sent out to make the occasional donut run. But the guard has earned their respect with a work ethic that often finds him on the court long after a practice and with a game that turned heads during Summer League ball.

Restraint must accompany the seven-game Las Vegas run but the 13.1 points per game average the slipperiness around defenders and the fearless finishing skills point to a player with a great growth trajectory.

After watching Goodwin in the Suns’ preseason opening victory over Israeli League champion Maccabi Bazan Haifa Monday coach Jeff Hornacek pointed out an instinctual knack to the player’s game too.

“We called a couple plays out of timeouts (that) were really designated for another guy” Hornacek said “but they denied that guy and (Goodwin) just automatically interchanged and ran the play.

“As coaches that’s just playing basketball. We can’t sit there and tell them every scenario that will happen out there. They’ve just got to make their own reads at times and he did a good job of that.”

It will take a strong and dedicated commitment by both player and staff to make Goodwin blossom into an elite NBA player. He is 6-foot-5 with an impressive wingspan but needs to gets stronger to survive the grind of the league.

The biggest rap on him is his jump shot but he seems to be putting in the work to knock it down more consistently.

“It’s constantly trying to teach him what the good shot is what the bad shot is” Hornacek said. “The guys who are confident they think they can make any shot.”

If you watch Goodwin in practice he is not afraid to pick the brain of the guy next to him.

“It’s very similar in some respects to the way Kobe (Bryant) came into the league” Hornacek said. “He was young. He wanted to learn everything. It’s probably what made him such a great player.

“Hopefully Archie continues to learn. He’s asking coaches questions he’s asking players questions. … We’re glad he’s working that hard.”

It will be up to Hornacek and staff too to guide Goodwin along this path and strike the right balance between asking too much and too little by putting him in situations to succeed while allowing him to work through early struggles.

Hornacek seems like the right coach for the job a 16-year NBA guard with a demeanor and perspective well-suited to steer a rookie’s growth.

Goodwin who was the 29th overall pick in the draft might be a part of the Suns’ long-term plan but the organization sounds willing to let him work things out in the short-term too.