2014 Player Capsule: Jordan Farmar
BY THE NUMBERS:
6 – Farmar’s league-wide rank in three-point shooting percentage (43.8). He drained 70 of the 160 triples he attempted to lead the Lakers.
7.9 – Assists per 36 minutes, Farmar averaging 4.9 dimes in his 22.2 actual minutes per game.
41 – Games missed by Farmar due to two separate hamstring tears and a strained groin.
When Jordan Farmar was on the floor this season, he played some really good basketball. His per 36 stats showed averages of 16.4 points and 7.9 assists with 1.5 steals and excellent shooting numbers from three (43.8 percent) if not as great from the field (41.5). However, he was able to play in only half of the games, with muscle pulls and tears in his lower body forcing him to either miss games entirely, or play limited minutes. Nonetheless, coach Mike D’Antoni said he thinks Farmar is capable of leading an NBA team from the point guard position. His most productive stretch of the season came in seven February games, when he played 25.3 minutes per game towards averages of 13.1 points and 5.3 assists on 46.4 percent field goals and 60 percent triples. Still only 27, Farmar is in his prime, boasting elite athleticism to couple his shot-making ability and increased knowledge of the game from his first stint with the Lakers. He said he viewed this season as an "asterisk," as his inability to stay on the floor was emblematic of the entire roster. Farmar knows he can play, and thinks he showed as much in (half of) 2013-14.
IN HIS WORDS:
"I’m starting to really understand my game. That was the biggest thing overseas. We were really going to live or die how I performed. Being able to shoot the ball is a tremendous asset and to make shots is huge in this league. My last two seasons I’ve been up over 40 percent (on three-pointers)."