For the Lakers to take the next step and be the perennial favorite in the West, Farmar has to take the starting point guard position from aging Derek Fisher and make it his.
He played in all 82 regular-season games and all 21 playoff games, so the 2006 first-round pick from UCLA got a full learning experience in 2007-08. But after averaging 9.1 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes a game during the regular season, he dipped to 5.7 points, 1.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds during the playoffs in 17.1 minutes. Even more suspect was seeing his .461 field-goal shooting during the regular season drop to .383.
That's not to ignore the fact that he's still only 21, but his speed, defensive ball pressure and superb 3-point shooting are vital to keeping the dogs off of Kobe Bryant and making the Lakers better overall. But coach Phil Jackson has to show enough confidence in him to start and run the halfcourt offense before he and the Lakers take it up a notch.