NBA Rumors: Jodie Meeks Would Be Underrated Addition to Los Angeles Lakers
The Steve Nash acquisition opens many doors for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are established scorers at their respective positions, but now with one of the NBA's best offensive facilitators on the floor, role players will have the opportunity to post career years in 2012-2013.
Nash's slashing ability, which often leads to defensive rotations close to painted area, means there'll many more openings for outside shooters to knock down three pointers—which is precisely why Jodie Meeks would be a fine addition to the Lakers roster.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com, Nash's new team is interested in the 6'4'' guard:
The Los Angeles Lakers continue to express interest in Jodie Meeks, according to source. No deal is imminent, but the two sides are talking.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 27, 2012
The 24-year-old Meeks has been a role player on a deep and balanced Philadelphia 76ers team since joining the organization in 2009.
Last season, he averaged a shade under 25 minutes per game, averaged 8.4 points, shot 41 percent from the field and nearly 37 percent from distance.
Though Meeks is a fine athlete, he tends to float around the perimeter waiting for open shots, instead of driving hard toward the basket.
With Nash as his point guard, that approach will be welcomed.
As a team, the Lakers shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc in 2011, which ranked them a disappointing No. 25 in the NBA.
Nash himself will add more three-point prowess to the club, but his uncanny penetrate-and-dish style of play, especially off the pick-and-roll, would give Meeks a chance to contribute to L.A. moving up those rankings.
We've recently witnessed situational outside shooting specialists like James Posey, DeShawn Stevenson and even Mike Miller do major damage in the postseason when given ample wide-open opportunities.
Though Meeks hasn't been deadly from deep to start his career, the net would look much larger with Nash, Bryant and the Lakers' big men garnering the majority of attention from opposing defenses this upcoming season.
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