Okay, Im a laker fan and a ucla fan, so im about to give some love to one of my all time favorite bruins and a guy who turned down millions to return to the lakers and might help the team be better then expected this coming season in Jordan Farmar.
First off, Farmar was a key contributor to 2 Laker championship squads in 2009 and 2010. He was the 7th man after the starting 5 and then Lamar Odom and played a key role for those laker teams.
After leaving Los Angeles, he signed with the Nets and averaged 9.6ppg and 5 apg his first year then 10.4ppg and 3.3 apg his second year with Nets while shooting a blistering 44% from three point land. But then his best financial offer came from a club in Israel where he was was paid around 7 mill per season.
After two years over seas where he averaged 14ppg...4apg...shot 49%fg and was named a Turkish league all-star, he decided he wanted to come back home to los angeles at the age of 26.
Farmar says he stayed up until 2-3-4 in the morning watching every laker game during his 2 years overseas. He decided to turn down the 10 million deal remaining on his contract with his Turkish team and give the lakers a call to see if he could return for a one year deal for the vets minimum of 1.1 million. Add in the fact that he had a 1 million buy out that he paid half of, and he was essentially going from 5 mill to 500k to play for the lakers on a 1 year deal.
Farmar says that in his time overseas, he developed greatly in terms of one on one and pick and role play. He stated that Phil Jacksons triangle offense was a learning curve for him but now he thinks he can shine with the freedom of a d'antonni offense. "I feel I'm a much better basketball player now... I dream of playing in a Mike D'Antoni system, somewhere you can just be free and push the ball and make a lot of plays. I think it will be a lot of fun." (LA Times article).
Farmar was clearly an NBA caliber contributor when he left the league at 24 years of age and hopefully he will return showing that he is someone who has made strides and can be a difference maker. He is young and adds athleticism and speed at a postion that has Steve Nash and Steve Blake as the main pieces. And it's great as a fan of the Lakers, seeing an LA guy make the sacrifice of money to pick up the phone and make his return happen.
He looks just like Landry Fields in that first pic though.
But in all seriousness, I was suprised that Jordan Farmar didn't stay in the league. When he was with the Nets, he was a very solid backup behind Deron Williams.
To anybody who doesn't know about Farmar, here's a Hollinger profile from his stint with the Nets in 2011.
JORDAN FARMAR, PG
• Above-average quickness for point guard. Can get to rim but doesn't draw fouls.
• Can cover fast guards but has lapses, not always engaged. Lacks strength.
• Average shooter with slow release. Middling passer, rarely makes hit-ahead.
I've been a fan of Farmar's for a while and he at least made some halting progress toward becoming a starting-caliber point guard last season. The big development was the jump in his assist ratio, a result of being liberated from the triangle offense and being permitted to create more on his own.
However, he had a lot of low-value assists (see Chris Paul comment) and he seldom made the hit-ahead passes that would have set up transitions for others. Plus, the assist jump didn't meet with commensurate improvement in other areas. Farmar's shocking inability to get to the line is the biggest drag on his game. He was 60th of 68 point guards in free throw attempts per field goal attempt, an inexcusably poor result for an athletic player with his skills. Farmar also attempted 3-pointers on nearly half his shots, which I would argue is a poor choice for such an average shooter; he made a respectable 35.9 percent, but the trade-off left him with a subpar 50.4 TS%.
Perhaps the reason is that he struggled so much between the rim and the 3-point line. Farmar shot well at the cup but was 56-of-192 on longer 2s (29.2 percent). In the previous three seasons he's not much better, at 33 percent. Weirdly, he converted these shots at a high rate his first two years in the league. He needs to develop a floater and a midrange game when he's not working on shot fakes and drawing contact.
Defensively, Farmar has lapses but matches up well against quick guards and isn't a pushover for the bigger ones. But the story here repeats itself: Somehow the whole appears to be less than the sum of the parts.
Heck, even if all he does is hit some spot up threes and get the ball into Pau, he will be well worth the Vet Min, and should hopefully be an upgrade over Steve Blake and Darius Morris. He might even start a few games at the 2 if Kobe isnt back on opening night.
I imagine with/without kobe, there will be lots of small ball lineups with nash/farmar/blake combining in the backcourt with kobe/young/meeks at the sf.
Farmar will do great
please bring back Odom, and smush parker next! then sign Kobe to a Max Salary, I am enjoying this so much!
He's a very talented player, but he was the second worst defender at point guard position in Euroleague. Bobby Brown was the worst.
He's also not an actual point guard. He is very selfish player and only looks to score his own shots. He's a physically talented player, that lacks defense and proper point guard mentality.