Philadelphia Sports Scene

December 8, 2010 3:26 AM

Meeks Worth the Wait

meeks.jpgThe Sixers hope that good things come to those who wait.

In the 2009 Draft, the Sixers drafted Jrue Holiday with the 17th overall pick. As delighted as Ed Stefanski and crew were, they failed to acquire another talented young guard because of their lack of a 2nd round pick. The target, Jodie Meeks, ended up in Milwaukee but, through a trade later in the season involving Primoz Brezec and Royal Ivey, the Sixers finally got their guy.

Now, nine months after joining the team, Meeks has helped the Sixers win back to back games in his new role as a starter.

In Meeks's two starts he has averaged 21 points, set a career high with 26 points, and has shot over 50% from beyond the arc (11-19). Granted the sample size is rather small but the results, both wins, allow Doug Collins to mix up the lineup. With a struggling team, which the Sixers certainly qualify as, comes the opportunity for experimentation and evaluation of talent.

As George Knox (Danny Glover) so eloquently phrased it in Angels in the Outfield, "What's the worst that could happen: we'd fall out of last place?"

In his first start of the season, Meeks's six three-pointers in the first quarter helped him tie Allen Iverson's arena record for points in a quarter with 20. The former Wildcat once scored 54 points, including 10 three's and 14-of-14 from the line, in a game while playing for Kentucky so hot nights are not unusual for him.

As Meeks stays sharp from the outside and Evan Turner continues to get adjusted, keep an eye on how the second round pick pushes both the rookie and the team to improve. Afterall, the second overall pick in the draft shouldn't want to split valuable minutes with a lesser prospect, right? Even if the recent success from Jodie is a mirage, he might be the spark to get the Sixers back on track.

A win at home against Boston and New Orleans would be a huge step in the right direction and help answer the question of whether Meeks was truly worth the wait.

The good news: The Sixers have won the last five games at home in the Wells Fargo Center.

The bad news: The Sixers have lost the last eight on the road.

Sixers highlight of the week, maybe the year:
Ridiculous AND 1 Andre Iguodala dunk over Gerald Wallace.

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