Jodie Meeks was benched for for the second time this season against the Utah Jazz. After averaging only two points per game in the three matches he’s played in, some might argue that the Lakers’ choice to bench him was the right one. But during these times of distress, it wouldn’t hurt the Lakers to reconsider their decision and allow the sharpshooting Meeks to play more often.
Mike Brown has decided to play Devin Ebanks in the two guard spot this year instead of Meeks. The reason being he wants his second unit to be a lengthy, defensive minded squad. But Ebanks hasn’t been much of an improvement from Meeks this year.
In his four games, Ebanks has averaged just 2.5 points per game in just over 10 minutes a game. In terms of defensive production, Ebanks been as inefficient, totaling one block and zero steals.
When Meeks was brought in, he was supposed to be one of the offensive threats in the Lakers’ bench. So far, fans have too to see that. His lack of production is not entirely his fault, however. In just three games, Meeks has only been on the floor for an average of just over seven minutes a game.
But as history has shown, when given the right amount of playing time, Meeks performs.
In his time at Philadelphia Meeks went from averaging 5.9 points per game in just 12 minutes during the 2010 season, to averaging 105. points per game in 27.9 minutes during the 2011 season. Meeks followed that with 8.4 points per game average in the 2012 season in just under 25 minutes per game.
The guy can score.
Statistically speaking, when given the right amount of playing time, he can be the productive offensive threat his team needs. For the Lakers’ bench to succeed, it wouldn’t hurt if Mike Brown reconsidered playing Meeks more often.