NBA Roundtable

Jodie Meeks

In General NBA on October 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

Jodie Meeks has played three preseason games now and so far we’ve seen a recurring theme

Minutes

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

Chicago

14

6

1

0

0

0

Houston

19

5

1

1

0

0

Chicago

24

10

0

0

0

0

Notes

  • In 57 minutes of game action Jodie Meeks has only mustered up two rebounds and one assist. No steals and no blocks.

Okay, we’ll come back to this at the end … but for now … I want to show Meeks problems in the past in these non-scoring before talking more about this.

Summer League

We saw similar problems from Jodie Meeks in summer league

Minutes

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

Game One

36

29

4

0

1

0

Game Two

36

16

0

2

1

0

Game Three

31

20

3

0

1

0

Game Four

32

16

2

2

1

0

Game Five

27

14

2

0

1

0

Averages

32.2

19.0

2.2

0.8

1.0

0.0

Notes

  • Meeks averaged only 2.2 rebounds in 32.2 minutes which is pathetic for a shooting guard. That’s one rebound every 14.6 minutes (average in NBA is one every 8 minutes for a SG).
  • Meeks also posted a very poor 0.8 assists per game despite taking 14 shots per night.
  • Meeks did post a solid steals number but failed to record one blocked shot.

College

Minutes

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

2008/09

34.4

23.7

3.4

1.8

1.3

0.1

Notes

  • Again we see poor rebounding, assist and blocks numbers from Meeks. The steals number is fine.

Analysis

  • Jodie Meeks non-production in non-scoring areas is ridiculously poor
  • Bucks fans need to get used to Meeks posting poor numbers in non-scoring columns. His 24 minutes, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, box score is Meeks at his worst … but it is indicative of how poor he is at non-scoring elements of basketball.
  • There’s a good chance that Meeks will be the worst rebounding shooting guard in the NBA this season. And if he’s not the worst, he’ll certainly be one of the worst.

Thoughts

In order for Jodie Meeks to be a useful rotation player in the NBA he’ll need to do two things:

  • Scoring — Meeks needs to be a very efficient scorer. The good news is that he can likely do this, he showed that ability in college and in summer league, and his perimeter shooting ability should allow him to continue that in the NBA. Meeks is also a natural scorer so his points per minute number should be good too. So I like Meeks’ chances of being a good scorer.
  • Defense — become an above average defender … now it remains to be seen how good of a defender Meeks can be at the NBA.
  • If Meeks is adding a positive value defensively while also posting good scoring numbers, then he can be a useful player.
  • If Meeks can bring his defense up to very good-to-excellent levels then he could be a good 30 minute a night player, so long as his team has good rebounding and passers around him in order to hide his own weaknesses.

Outside of playing defense at a good-to-high level, it appears that Meeks non-production in non-scoring areas will be too damaging to make him a serviceable role player. Instead he’ll end up confined to end of the bench roles in the NBA.

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