Not mine, for once. But a couple of articles have been written as to how the aquisition of Jordan Farmar may be a bigger deal than some are making it out to be, because of how he'd fit the system we'll likely run in spots and in some ways may have been built for it. Anyway, enjoy
Jordan Farmar might be the best point guard for this Lakers team
Is Jordan Farmar a perfect fit in Mike D'Antoni's point guard dependent system? There's plenty of reason to believe he'll be great for the purple and gold.
Jordan Farmar is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers after an overseas stint in Turkey and is walking into a perfect situation, as detailed by our very own C.A. Clark. The Lakers have two-time Most Valuable Player Steve Nash on board for another two years and Steve Blake is also tugging along, but Farmar will have an opportunity to be more than a one-year minimum contract to fill out the roster. Farmar, 26, is in his prime and is about to be plugged into Mike D'Antoni's system, which he called a "dream" system for a point guard.
This is an ideal situation for the returning Laker, but an even more opportunistic signing for Los Angeles. Farmar is the best suited point guard on the roster to lead D'Antoni's offense, and he'll prove it this season.
Getting to the rim:
Make no mistake, while D'Antoni used Horns sets to adjust to the personnel he had at his disposal, his bread-and-butter remains pick-and-roll basketball. The issue for Los Angeles last season was the lack of ballhandlers who could get to the rim.
Kobe Bryant was the only player who consistently used high-screens effectively, forcing him to be the team's primary scorer and facilitator. The Lakers lacked a secondary ballhandler who could take the pressure from Bryant to be the lone high-screen threat.
How did Steve Blake fare as a ballhandler last season? Only 9.3 percent of his field goals came at the rim
Steve Nash was more successful at getting to the rim, finishing the season with 17.7 percent of his field goal attempts coming at the hoop.
In comparison, during Nash's last Most Valuable Player season in 2006 he finished at the rim 24.4 percent of the time.
To wrap up the first point, here's Jordan Farmar's shot distribution chart from his last season in the NBA. A phenomenal 29.2 percent of his field goals came at the rim.
High-screens, threes and Horns oh my:
The percentages above show the end result, but the film shows the how, which is incredibly important when considering Jordan Farmar's fit in Mike D'Antoni's system.
As a pick-and-roll ballhandler, Farmar will have the chance to use the endless high-screens that define D'Antoni's approach to offense.
Here, Farmar uses two screens before driving to the rim for the finish:
He is able to penetrate the paint with ease. Last season both Nash and Blake struggled to get to the rim off the dribble, something that Farmar should have no issue doing.
Here's another example of Farmar using a high-screen to blow by his primary defender, then using his athleticism and ballhandling ability to penetrate the lane and finish between two defenders:
(more picture evidence and video is given in the article)
A fold in the Lakers' offensive system that is not expected to go away are Horns sets. D'Antoni told Silver Screen and Roll when interviewed during Summer League that they will continue running the same sets they did last season, which included the versatile set. Horns is not an unknown to Farmar, who also ran the sets with the Nets.
Here, the Nets use Horns to set Farmar up for an easy layup
(picture etc in the article)
It also goes into depth about his off-ball utility and also his effectiveness in transition to save time and so you'll read the entire article I'll give you a sample.
With Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, he won't have the ball in his hands often. That is not an unknown to Farmar, who played in the Triangle when he was initially drafted by the Lakers, and eventually played with Deron Williams in his final run with the New Jersey Nets.
Here, Farmar spots up in the corner while Williams handles point guard duties. Derrick Rose closes out on Williams, who then drives to the paint to force the defense to collapse. This is a common occurrence when either Nash or Bryant are handling the ball, and is a scenario Farmar will often find himself in.
Farmar shot 41.9 percent as a spot-up shooter from deep during the 2011-2012 season. He also shot 44 percent overall from three-point range.
On the topic of spot-up shooting, Farmar ranked fifth-overall when catching and shooting after coming off of screens in 2011-2012, averaging 1.12 points per possession. He shot 45.8 percent overall and 45.5 percent from deep in this category.
All of the above is enough reason to make a case that Farmar is an incredible signing by the Lakers for the minimum, but that's without considering where he can really shine for Los Angeles -- in transition. In his final year in the NBA Farmar ranked 25th overall in points per possession in transition (1.35).
Read this entire article here: http://www.silverscr...mar-point-guard
Alright, here's some stats you may not have known before I give my opinion on the article and recommend you to go read it if you have the time
This is from another article
Jordan Farmar has prior experience winning championships with the Lakers, and now he'll be looking to return in a big way for a team without similar hopes and dreams.
He's another player who thrives scoring off screens.
According to Synergy, he put up 1.14 points per possession in that situation in 2011-12 (his last go-round in the Association). That number ranked fifth in the league.
Farmar is also a great three-point shooter, and that's vital for any point guard playing in a D'Antoni system.
Back in 2011-12, he helped the New Jersey Nets out by shooting 44 percent from behind the arc while taking 3.2 attempts per game. To put that in perspective, only 18 different players have matched or exceeded those numbers in the last five seasons.
My opinion is... I feel the way about Farmar that I felt about Steve Blake last off-season when he was being written off. He'll be walking into a system that benefits him and that he can thrive in, he is a point guard that could push tempo, push pace and can play in the pick and roll. Essentially the things we wanted Sessions to do.
Phil whom said the Lakers needed "another point guard" this may have been some of his doing as well.
If we're gonna be running a pick and roll based offense next season, at least for a time, Farmar seems to be a perfect fit, he's young, youthful, can play pick and roll, finishes at the rim effectively and is good in transition as well as being a knockdown three point shooter whose ultimate goal is to have a 50/40/90 season(he has said as such)
His last season in the NBA he was 46/44/90. Not too far off.
He has since been overseas where they made him focus primarily on his pick and roll game as well as his defense, so this can only mean good things.
So basically what I feel is that, we'll probably get the best out of him in this system and it will probably remind us of the days of Sessions and what he was able to do for us and we have the younger legs in our roster to do it as well.
Let's say we have a lineup that's our bench and it's this
That's pretty much what our up tempo pick and roll lineup would look like I gather.
But aside from that and the strides he's made overseas I would hope. Having Nash working with him will do nothing but help, so like I said Farmar is walking into the best situation possible and if he does have a breakout year then it's even better for us.
Now I understand that when Kobe and Gasol and Nash are out there, we'll have to be playing at a different tempo, obviously, but at least we'll have structure in the units and I have no problem with our second unit running another bench out of the building.
So all and all I wish Farmar the best and hope he DOES have a breakout season, that breakdown of the systems he's played in and what he seems best at(including more pictures and video in the FIRST article) have given me more confidence in how much he CAN contribute given this style of play. It fits him perfectly, and if he's able to play it well enough we may even be able to stick him in a few lineups with Kobe where Kobe DOESN'T have to be main ball handler. If Farmar can get to the basket and off pick and rolls fast enough and run the offense, it DOES allow Kobe to settle off-ball for at least a few possessions and that is something I'm all for.
Anyway I hope you enjoyed all that Have a wonderful day ladies and gents