Los Angeles Lakers 2013 Player Profile: Jordan Farmar
The California native who graduated from UCLA is making an NBA comeback by signing with the team whom he won two championship rings with, the Los Angeles Lakers. This may not seem like a huge pick-up for the Lakers considering they lost out on Dwight Howard this summer, but the trio signing of Wesley Johnson, Nick Young and Farmar will add a ton of depth to the perimeter and allow Kobe Bryant to ease his way back into game form, which is the ideal situation.
Another huge upside in the signing of Farmar is that he is still playing some of his best basketball. His numbers have been on the rise since he entered the NBA, culminating in him averaging 14.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 4.1 APG while playing overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv and Anadolu Efes.
What Farmar brings to the table is a quality perimeter shooter; someone who demands respect from beyond the arc and will space the floor for quality drives to the rim from Steve Nash or Bryant. Not only that, but he is a confident enough ball handler to drive to the rim himself.
One of the biggest complaints about Farmar’s game is the lack of defensive pressure he asserts when on the court. This shouldn’t be an issue though, considering Mike D’Antoni is coaching him. If given the right amount of minutes, Farmar could be a great sixth-man option and contribute an offensive spark to the second unit. Just don’t expect him to cover any fast point guards.