Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks will miss three-to-four months after undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, the team announced Friday. This is similar to the Kevin Durant injury last season.
Meeks suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Pistons’ 92-87 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Prior to the injury, he’d only played 17 total minutes this season, scoring two points on 1-of-5 shooting.
While Meeks had gotten off to a slow start, he likely would’ve played a key role off the bench for this Pistons team. The 28-year-old averaged 11.1 points in 24.4 minutes per game last year, and considering Stan Van Gundy’s vision of surrounding Andre Drummond with shooters, giving minutes to a career 37.3 percent three-point shooter in Meeks would’ve made a lot of sense.
The Pistons will certainly survive without Meeks (they’re 2-0 for the first time since 2008-09), but this is still a tough blow for him and takes away some depth from the bench.