With Kobe Bryant (foot) a game-time decision Tuesday, guard Jodie Meeks appears to be Lakers Coach Mike Brown's pick to start the season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.
Meeks signed a two-year deal for $3.05 million this summer to play for the Lakers. The second season is a team option.
Over the course of the preseason, Meeks has found a groove from behind the arc (45.8%) but was dismal from two-point range (4.8%).
Brown had Meeks practice with the starters Monday. His teammates seem confident in the 25-year-old guard.
"Jodie is a shooter and we're going to give him the ball," Metta World Peace said. "It's that simple."
Spacing is vital on a team with the size of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. Entering his fifth season in the NBA, Meeks is a 37.1% shooter from behind the arc (Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers). In his best season, Meeks hit 39.7% from distance over 348 attempts in 2010-11 with the 76ers.