If there were a ballot for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award? Three Lakers players — Jordan Hill, Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake — would be three of the most appropriate names on the list.
The trio stole the show in L.A.’s 114-99 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, showing that even though the Lakers’ franchise is supposedly mired in a slump, there are still players on the team trending upward.
Meeks’ averages last season: 7.9 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent from 3. This seasson: a team-leading 13.7 points on 52.8 percent from the field and 49.2 percent from deep. And he’s only hitting his stride, going 16-for-27 combined in his last two games.
“I just put the work in,” Meeks said. “I don’t really worry about the numbers. I don’t really look at my stats or anything like that. I just put the work in before and after practice, before the games, as many shots as I can get up and whatever happens, happens.”