The LA Lakers won their last NBA title in 2010, and now they are two games away from returning to the NBA Finals.
Jordan Farmar was a part of the Lakers’ last title, and he was a key player coming off the bench. Farmar won two titles with the Lakers and spent 10 years in the league.
Jordan Farmar was a standout in college
Before he entered the league, Farmar had an impressive college career at UCLA. Farmar was a top high school recruit and was a McDonald’s All-American. He immediately made an impact when he joined the team his freshman year. During his first year, he was the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Year and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
He led the team in assists and free throw percentage and was second on the team in scoring and minutes. His 13.2 points were first in the nation among freshman guards, and he led Pac-10 freshman in multiple categories. The next season, the success continued for Farmar. As a sophomore, he was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and led UCLA to the NCAA Championship game against the University of Florida. UCLA lost in the title game, but Farmar led all scorers with 18 points during the game. Farmar was also named an AP honorable mention All-American.
After two years at UCLA, Farmar decided to declare for the NBA draft.
Jordan Farmar playing his role with the LA Lakers
The Lakers drafted Farmar in the first round of the 2006 NBA draft. During the 2006-07 season, he mostly served as the backup point guard behind Smush Parker. In March of 2007, Farmar spent some time with the Lakers’ D-League team, the LA D-Fenders. Farmar rejoined the Lakers and made his first career start against the Seattle SuperSonics. He also started all five games during the 2007 NBA Playoffs and averaged 6.4 points, and 1.2 steals facing off against Steve Nash.
Farmar spent his first four seasons playing for the Lakers and was a key contributor off the bench. He provided that spark whenever he came into the game. In his second season with the Lakers, he saw tremendous improvement as he appeared in all 82 games averaging 9.1 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.2 rebounds.
The next two seasons were the highlights of Farmar’s career. He was part of the Lakers team that won the 2009 and 2010 NBA title. The Lakers valued having Farmar on the team, and he understood his role on the team, and he played it really well. After four years in LA, Farmar signed with another team, and he returned to the Lakers during the 2013-14 season.
Jordan Farmar’s career after playing with the Lakers
Farmar signed with the New Jersey Nets after winning two titles in LA. He spent two seasons with the Nets, and during the 2011-12 season, he averaged 10.4 points, which was a career-high. Farmer spent some time playing overseas after playing in New Jersey. When he returned from overseas, he joined the Lakers in 2013, and after a year with the Lakers, he joined the Clippers.
Farmar returned overseas from 2015 to 2016, and when he returned, he finished his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. The two-time NBA champion averaged 7.7 points, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 rebounds during his career. Farmar has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the last six years, and he recently built his home there. He’s enjoying retirement and spending time with his friends and family.