Courtesy of Brian Gray @ Kiss The Rim
Here we go! It's been non-stop snowing outside and the streets of Philadelphia are cold and blustery. But, inside the Wells Fargo Center when there's a Sixers home game, you can bet the temperature rises, due in no small part to the hot shooting ability of Sixers’ starting shooting guard, Jodie Meeks. Meeks has the ability to catch fire at any given moment and electrify the Philadelphia “faithful” with a barrage of three pointers. But, it's not only the ability to make the net burn from deep that makes Meeks so deadly, it's how he does it.
Meeks has the unique ability to catch and release a shot so quickly and efficiently that defenses have a hard time guarding him because he leaves them such little time to react before the shot goes up. Also, along with the quick release, Meeks has the uncanny ability to run around off screens and drive his defenders nuts for the majority of games. Such solid tactics are only successfully seen by a handful of shooters like Ray Allen and Rip Hamilton, two of the League’s better ball scorers. Similarities to these two can certainly be seen in Jodie’s game, at least as far as the quick release and off-ball activity, if not overall offensive ability.
The jury is still out as to whether Jodie is a legitimate starter in the League, or a season-long substitute due to lack of depth. Regardless, one thing is for certain, and that is that Jodie can stroke. The upside for Sixers fans and Meeks alike is that he is still young and in the learning stages with Coach Doug Collins in Philadelphia; the opportunity to play is there and he has surely made the best of it thus far.