Opening night in the NBA was last night and it was a somewhat sparse night for the former Wildcats in the NBA. There were three Wildcats set to take the court, so let’s see how they fared.
JODIE MEEKS – LAKERS
Meeks logged 26 minutes in the Lakers 116-103 win over the crosstown Clippers. Meeks played well and the Lakers were a +19 when he was on the court. Meeks was 4-8 from the field and hit 3-6 treys. The complete stat line was not bad for Meeks with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. It’s important that Meeks makes the most of his opportunities this year and he scored 9 points in the fourth quarter. The Lakers have a ton of SG’s on the roster and the minutes will be limited when Kobe Bryant returns from injury.
Unfortunately, Meeks was the only former Wildcat to see action. Doron Lamb was held out of the Magic’s 97-87 loss to the Pacers with a sprained right ankle. Lamb will have to fight for playing time as the SG position is one of the positions the Magic have some depth at. Arron Affalo is entrenched as the starter and E’Twaun Moore and even rookie Victor Oladipo appear to be ahead of Lamb on the depth chart.
Marquis Teague was a “DNP-Coaches Decision” in the Bull’s 107-95 loss to the Heat. Derrick Rose is back and Kirk Hinrich has a pretty good grasp on the backup spot, so minutes will be at a premium this year.