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.”
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.