Forty players were picked before Jodie Meeks in last month’s NBA Draft. He probably deserved to go in the top 30 because the league always needs long-range shooters, and Meeks can flat-out shoot.
Remember his 54-point game in January? Meeks made a school-record 10 3-point shots in 15 attempts and hit all 14 free throws in Kentucky’s victory at Tennessee.
The 6-foot-4-inch guard put on a great show in today’s opening game of the summer league at Cox Pavilion. He shot 12-for-23 and made four 3-pointers en route to 29 points. Will that total stand up as today’s top performance?
Meeks and the Milwaukee Bucks still lost, 84-83, to the Toronto Raptors. DeMar DeRozan, a rookie from Southern California, led the Raptors with 20 points and added six rebounds and three assists. (DeRozan was featured in today’s Review-Journal sports section, talking about his early jump to the NBA and the fallout from Tim Floyd’s sudden resignation as USC coach.) Meeks is a strong bet to stick on the Bucks’ roster this season.
“I felt like I was good enough to go in the first round, but when I dropped to the second round I wasn’t disappointed,” Meeks said. “I’m blessed to be in this position, in a good fit in Milwaukee.”
Tonight’s featured matchup
Blake Griffin, the No. 1 pick in the draft, and Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 pick, go head-to-head at 7:30 tonight in the Thomas & Mack Center. It could be the best game of the week.
Griffin is averaging 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games for the Los Angeles Clippers.