Contract Status: Under contract
After a productive rookie, Farmar came into training camp before last season in the best shape of his life, ready to show off his new-and-improved game. Jordan played in all 82 games, averaging nine points and three assists as the leading scorer off the bench for the Lakers. Specifically, the UCLA alum made great strides in his outside shooting game as he nailed an impressive 37% of his shots from beyond the three point line. Additionally, Farmar was also one of the key vocal leaders on L.A.’s much-improved bench.
While Fisher will likely start the season at the point guard spot, Jordan should see a marginal increase on his 20 minutes per game average from 2007-08. After appearing to lose his confidence a bit in the team’s earlier playoff series against the Nuggets and the Jazz, Farmar sprung to life as a pivotal player in the Lakers’ five game series victory over the Spurs in the Conference Finals. His improved play didn’t go unnoticed either as Coach Jackson often elected to partner the guard with Vujacic during clutch time in the playoffs—a trend that could continue next season as well.