Forum Blue & Gold: When we talk about Lakers looking to get paid lately, it’s been about Andrew Bynum and what he is worth. (Apparently he is doing well this off-season, by the way.) I’ve said what I think he should make, but whatever the number is this is something the Lakers need to get taken care of in camp.

Which leaves a few Lakers playing for their next contract during the coming season. Odom is one, although at this point his career we have a pretty good idea what he brings to the table. His situation will be an interesting one to watch this season. Ariza is another interesting case.

But maybe the most interesting and important long term will be Jordan Farmar. He will be playing the key year of his rookie deal, his third year. (While the Lakers have a team option for his fourth season, with players you want to keep traditionally you negotiate a long term deal after the third season.) Farmar wants to get paid. Without talking out of school, he wants to get paid starter money. Can’t blame him for wanting that.

But he has to earn it. This is the year I think we’re going to see just how good Jordan Farmar can be in the league. Is he a good starting PG, someone who can be trusted to handle the ball for a team going deep into the playoffs? Or, his he a nice PG, a guy who can be a solid backup and role player for quality teams, but is not starter material.

I don’t think we know the answer to that yet. We know he has a good work ethic and his game made big leaps between his first two seasons – true shooting percentage jumped from 51% to 55%, his three point shooting jumped from 32.8% to 37.1%, his assists were up while turnovers were down, his PER was up three points to 15.7 (about the league average). Those kinds of improvements just don’t happen without a lot of work. He gets called out for his defense, but opposing PGs shot just 47.5% (eFG%) against him and had a not great but not bad PER of 16.4 (those numbers were pretty comparable to the previous year).

The question now is, can he make another leap forward? On both ends of the floor? More importantly can he show us that he is the PG of the future, can he basically rip key minutes away from Fisher because Phil can’t just keep him on the bench?

If he does that, he gets paid. Maybe not as much as he dreams, but he’ll get a good offer. Good PGs matter. But if he doesn’t, if he really is a role player, he’ll get paid at that level. And that is not what he’s hoping for.

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Here are a few other Dim Sum free comments and links:

  • Everyone in the basketball blogsphere has linked to the Periodic Table of Basketball Bloggers. And with good reason, this is an impressive piece of work and a fun read. Plus, this site correlates with titanium on the table of elements, and I can live with that just fine.
  • I’m not a fan of the idea, but there are a lot of people suggesting bringing Odom off the bench this season. And making their case.
  • I think everyone is being a little hard on Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur. I think what they were doing was vintage Hunter S. Thompson straight out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – get stoned in the one place you are not supposed to. Maybe it’s NBA rookie camp, maybe it’s a meeting of drug enforcement agents, but the attitude is the same. Fear and Loathing. Those two are my new favorite guys (no need to tell them about the bats, they’ll find out about them soon enough).
  • Diehardfan

    Isn’t this what happens all the time with young players. They play decent enough but only for spurts. That usually results in players getting paid based on potential and not on results. There are several things that come to mind in regards to Farmar. First, he does play good and is a good back up right now. But, he was horrible in the playoffs, especially against the Celtics. Also, if I remember correctly, he admitted that the moment the Lakers drafted he began to prepare the following day. Well, what if the Lakers didn’t draft a Point Guard? What would of motivated him then? A perfect and best example of this is Luke W. We are still paying his contract for someone who everyone thought had “potential”. I say the Lakers do what they did with Ronny and Sasha. Low ball them and see how much other teams are willing to pay them. If it costs to much to pay a 2nd round draft pick who only plays in spurts then the Lakers should let him walk.

  • Geloman

    Well Farmar has got some competition now that Sun Yue has joined the team. He is a huge PG who can handle the ball and has great court vision. Farmar needs to step it up now.

  • http://www.forumblueandgold.com Kurt

    Geloman, apparently you didn’t catch a lot of Sun Yue in the Olympics. He is a couple years away from being able to help the Lakers, if ever. He is a project.

  • DCLAKER

    Sun Yue is goin’ to surprise a WHOLE LOT OF US,so I’m not worried about him…Kobe likes him…CP3 likes him…LAKERNATION LIKES’EM,DAMNIT LET THE SEASON START ALREADY!!!

    Farmar,your game better be this aggressive…or else,

  • tupac

    Breaking News, Bynum’s gona be interviewed tommorow by media. Can’t wait to see what he has to say

  • E-ROC

    I don’t know what to think of Farmar. He might just be a change of pace PG. Or he might be starter material. Obviously, he can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court, but I don’t think he has the playmaking abilities to be a starting point guard. The triangle offense suits his skills beautifully: shoot the three and defend….as good as you possibly can.

  • jonathan

    sun yue will play the 1,2,3

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    I like it. With…

    1st Unit
    Farmar
    Bryant
    Odom
    Gasol
    Bynum

    Second Unit
    Fisher/Yue
    Sasha
    Ariza
    Walton/Powel
    Vlade/Mihm

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  • kobean

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    word has it that sun yue is too slow to play the one, not a good engough shooter to play the 2, and too skinny for the 3