When Jodie Meeks is brought onto to the floor it is to do one thing and one thing only – shoot the basketball. He is pretty much a spot-up shooter. He doesn’t do much to create his own shot, he is not a creator for his teammates and his efforts on the defensive end leave much to be desired.
Somehow, despite all of this, he started over No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner for about two years even though Turner is much more versatile. Meeks then took his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers in what I thought was a good move for both parties.
With Dwight Howard, the Lakers thought they were making a push for a championship and Meeks was a valuable piece – a sharpshooter coming off the bench to provide instant offense and knock down the open threes.
The problem with Meeks is that if he’s not hitting his shots he’s pretty much useless. That is why his contributions were pretty much limited in his first season in LA. He shot 39 percent from the field and 36 percent from three, both the lowest totals since his rookie season.
This year Meeks has a lot to prove, including whether he can have a role in this league and if he can find his shooting stroke again. He should get ample opportunities to prove the haters wrong as Kobe Bryant recovers from his torn Achilles he suffered last year. Meeks will compete for time with newly acquired Nick Young, but he is even more streaky than Meeks. One of them will emerge as the backup to Kobe and get valuable minutes for this team; a quick start from Meeks will be key in securing that role.