There has been a lot of comments of people, Pistons fans and NBA fans, saying that the Pistons overpaid Jodie Meeks, but I don't understand how this could be. I have to admit, I didn't watch or follow the Lakers at all last season, so at first I was a little dumbfounded. The first thing I thought when I saw his name was "bench". However, I have looked at some things and I would like to share them with you guys.
First off, $6 million isn't that much, at least in NBA standards, and it certainly isn't going to break the bank in any way, shape, or form. One player to compare him to is JJ Redick, a player that is making $7 mil. Klay Thompson is another player to compare him to, and we all know that he will be making much more than $6 mil once his rookie contract is complete. Any way you look at it, $6 mil isn't going to kill us.
Another aspect to consider is that he is exactly what we need-- a shooter. However, while we acknowledge his shooting abilities, there is more to him. Anyone can make a 3 if he jacks it up 20 times a game, I'm looking at you Josh Smith, but it takes much more to be efficient. He shoots 40% from 3 point range-- that is good. He also shoots 45% of FG attempts which you may say is just average, but for a shooter that is pretty good. He also shoots 85% on FT attempts which will help us in the playoffs. However, that is not all he brings to the table. There is another thing that he does that most people don't acknowledge him for-- he defends. Yes, I said it, he defends. According to mysynergysports.com, Jodie Meeks holds his opponents to .89 PPP. On ISO plays, he only allows 33% of FGs. On spot-ups, which is the most common plat that he goes against (33% of the time), he only allows 38% of FGs. To give you a sense of how good that is, I will compare it to Avery Bradley and Lance Stephenson, both are known for their defense. Avery Bradley allows .88 PPP on 200 less attempts, and he is slightly better on spot-ups. Lance Stephenson allows .87 PPP on 60 more attempts. Stephenson is worse than Meeks on P&R Ball Handlers, but slightly better against spot-ups. Needless to say, Meeks is a capable defender.
Jodie Meeks is a guy that we can keep on the court for as long as we want without worrying about his FT% and his defense. He is on par with top defenders at his position, but he is much more capable on offense than they are. If we had a 3 point specialist like Reddick or Morrow, they would always be a liability on the defensive end, unlike Meeks. The best part about it all-- he's only $6 mil.