On the night of January 13, 2009 Jodie Meeks earned his moment of fame by scoring 54 points in a single game as a Kentucky Wildcat in a game against Tennessee. Since then he’s flown far far under the radar. Meeks is coming into his second year with the Los Angeles Lakers, and with the question marks surrounding Kobe Bryant‘s exact return date from his Achilles injury, Meeks will see plenty of minutes at the shooting guard position. Meeks is a three-point specialist, a skill much needed on the wing for the Lakers this year, and he will need to demonstrate that ability to stretch the floor and take the scoring pressure off of Bryant and Pau Gasol throughout this upcoming year. Although Meeks is undersized at only 6-foot-4, he guards larger players effectively and is not a burden to the team on defense unlike a majority of offensive specialists.
He’s still a young player at 26 years of age, and with so many question marks surrounding the Lakers’ future, Meeks will be a player to watch as he’s likely to continue to mature as a player throughout the year. Meeks may never be much more than a role player in the NBA, but he will turn into a a valuable asset down the stretch as a burst of scoring off the bench for years to come. Yes it is true the majority of the Lakers are old and wearing down, but they do have some young potential in players like Meeks, Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre. It’s no secret that this year is a rebuilding one for the team, and if coach Mike D’Antoni is smart he’ll spend all the time he can developing this offensive threat.