Every summer, there are a number of deals that leave NBA experts and fans alike slightly puzzled. It can be that a team signs a player who doesn’t fit with the rest of their roster, that a player takes less money than they really needed to in finding a new team, but more often than not, it boils down to a franchise seeming to dramatically overpay for a specific player. One of the deals to fall into that last category this summer was the Detroit Pistons’ signing of Jodie Meeks.
Meeks signed on in Detroit on a a three-year, $19 million deal. As one of the first deals completed in this year’s free agency, it was tough to assess the value for both sides at the time, as we were still waiting to see how the market would play out this year. Now with the dust almost settled, it’s a little easier to put into context.
Let’s take a look at three other guys capable of playing at shooting guard, with varying skill-sets, that also moved around the NBA this summer, and how their deals compared to that of Meeks. Putting their skills up against Meeks’ will give us a clearer picture of exactly why the Pistons went after him, and offer up a greater sense of whether he can live up to the contract hanging over his head.