Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh might have hogged the headlines during the start of the NBA free agency period, but Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons have signed a few players that will make sure to make some headlines of their own.
Detroit’s biggest signing and first free agent acquisition this summer was guard Jodie Meeks, who bolted from the bright lights of Los Angeles and signed a three-year, $19 million deal with the Pistons.
Meeks is coming off the best season of his career, where he averaged 15.7 points per game, started in 70 games and played more than 30 minutes per night.
The best part of Meeks’ game is his three-point shooting ability, which was the Pistons’ primary need entering free agency. Last season Meeks shot 40 percent from beyond the arc, and is a career 38 percent three-point shooter.
To put that in perspective, the Pistons only had three players on their roster last season who shot 35 percent from three point range, and only six out of 15 players shot above 30 percent.
The biggest knock on Meeks is how much money he received for having such little experience. In his six seasons in the NBA, he has only started in 194 games and has played an average of only 24.3 minutes per game.
It is not a guarantee that Meeks will be starting for Detroit, especially after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s summer league performance, but he will definitely be competing for the starting shooting guard spot.
Meeks also was very successful last year against teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central division. In six games against Indiana, Cleveland, Chicago and Milwaukee, Meeks averaged 15 points per game in 38.2 minutes per game.
Van Gundy and the Pistons management are banking on the 26-year-old guard out of Kentucky becoming more than just a shooter, and if Meeks can manage to develop his game, the new Pistons brass could have found themselves a great piece.
Cameron Billes is the host of Horsepower for Impact Sports.