As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Jodie Meeks' season...
Player: Jodie Meeks
Position: Shooting guard
2016-17 stats: 36 G, 20.5 mpg, 9.1 ppg, 1.3 apg, 2.1 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 40.2 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 87.8 FT%, 51.2 eFG%, 107 ORtg, 111 DRtg
2017-18 storyline: The Wizards' problems at backup shooting guard weren't quite as pronounced as their backup point guard situation in 2016-17 because they weren't forced to bring in someone off the free agent wire. But they certainly could have used some better production behind Bradley Beal, as head coach Scott Brooks was often forced to spell Beal with creative lineups featuring no natural shooting guards.
In Meeks, the Wizards hope to have a stable presence at the position, someone who can provide a scoring punch off the bench and allow Brooks to mix-and-match his guards. Meeks, in theory, could run with backup point guard Tim Frazier, starting point guard John Wall, Tomas Satoransky or even Beal, who has made strides in his ball-handling skills enough to play sparingly at point guard.
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In order for Meeks to fill the role the Wizards expect of him, he will need to first prove he can overcome the injuries that have plagued him the past three seasons. Meeks appeared in just 39 total games the past two years and an average of 33 games in the last three. The Wizards need him to play much more than that, obviously. But in signing Meeks, they hope to get high reward out of a low-risk contract.
Meeks' primary value if healthy will be as a three-point threat in the second unit. Offense is his calling card and in recent years he's shown the ability to hit threes efficiently and at high volume. In 36 games with the Magic last year, he hit 40.9 percent on 3.8 attempts per game. In his last full season that wasn't affected by injuries, 2013-14 when he was with the Lakers, Meeks shot 40.1 percent from long range on 5.2 attempts per game. Now he's playing for a good team with two good passing point guards to set him up.
Potential to improve: Availablity, on-ball defense, field-goal percentage.
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