When the Los Angeles Lakers decided to make Mike D’Antoni their new head coach, one of the players who benefited most from the hire was shooting guard Jodie Meeks. The 25-year-old was barely playing under former Lakers head coach Mike Brown and he’s a perfect fit for D’Antoni’s system, since players who can catch-and-shoot see the floor and get plenty of opportunities to knock down shots.
Last week, Meeks proved how valuable he could be off of the Lakers’ bench. He had 15 points in 16 minutes against the Sacramento Kings. Then, in his best game since joining the Lakers, Meeks had 21 points in 17 minutes against the Denver Nuggets, knocking down seven of eight three-point attempts.
Meeks’ minutes have increased lately and he’s the first to admit that D’Antoni has made his life easier.