PG Jordan Farmar returned to the Los Angeles Lakers this season with high hopes. He signed a one-year contract and was expected to be the first guard off of the bench. He had a successful stint as a role player with the Lakers in the past, and was excited to play for his hometown team. His good buddy Nick Young would be playing with him, and things were looking up for the young point guard.
Injuries have put a disappointing touch to Farmar’s season, as he has played in less than half of the games. He has been unable to stay healthy, which might affect his future with the team. When he has been available, he has displayed good playmaking skills as well as a great shooting stroke, including 46 percent from deep. With Kendall Marshall playing poorly and most of the guards out with injuries, Farmar should see plenty of minutes in these last few games.
If Farmar wants to return as a Laker and see an increase in salary, then he must produce to close out the season. He has a great opportunity to play lots of minutes and show that he deserves a spot on next year’s roster. He shouldn’t be too expensive as his injuries are still a concern, and he could be a great piece for the Lakers going forward.
Farmar provides a youthful body who is cable of getting up and down the court. He can create his own shot as well as set up his teammates, and is great off of the dribble. He has been shooting lights-out when on the court, and can help space the floor next to Kobe Bryant. He is still an improving defender, but will continue to get better with experience. If Farmar can stay healthy and finish out the season strong, then he should be in line to return with the Lakers next season.