It seems that the last thing you want to be doing if you want to be a healthy player in the 2013-14 NBA season is playing point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Steve Nash really hasn’t been healthy all season, Steve Blake went out, Kobe Bryant tried to play the point upon his return and got re-injured, and now that list has another victim.
Jordan Farmar came out of the Lakers’ game on New Year’s Eve against the Milwaukee Bucks, a losing effort for L.A., saying that he felt tightness in his left leg. After undergoing some tests on Wednesday, it was found that Farmar has a torn left hamstring and will be out for the next four weeks.
In four starts this season, Farmar was less-than-effective. In 28.8 minutes per game he averaged just 6.8 points, six assists, 4.8 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting a meager 27.8 percent from the field and just 18.2 percent from three. His overall averages of 8.7 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per games aren’t much more flattering either.
The injury to Farmar now opens the way for second-year guard and recent Lakers signee Kendall Marshall. Marshall started the year in the D-League after being released by the Washington Wizards, acquired him in the Marci Gortat trade.
In limited time on the floor with the Lakers, Marshall has actually been quite effective. Over four games and 13.5 minutes per game, he’s averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 assists and one rebound while shooting 57.1 percent from the floor, hitting five of his nine three-point attempts, and turning the ball over only twice per game.
As a rookie with the Phoenix Suns last season, Marshall struggled in his first taste of NBA action as he seemed a step slow on both ends of the floor, was exploited defensively, and had trouble scoring. Though the defensive worries are still there, he’s shown an improved scoring ability in a limited time with the Lakers thus far. Even if he’s not set to succeed just yet, though, the situation with the Lakers certainly gives Marshall the opportunity to grow and gain valuable experience at this level.