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A key player coming off the bench, Jordan Farmar was a part of the Lakers’ 2009 and 2010 titles. The Israeli-American point guard spent 10 years in the NBA. Before he entered the league, Farmar had an impressive college career at UCLA. So where is the retired athlete now?

Jordan Farmar was a standout in college

Farmar was a top high school recruit at LA’ Taft High School. In 2004, the McDonald’s All-American immediately made an impact when he joined UCLA for his freshman year. As a rookie, Farmar was the National Freshman of the Year and the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. 

The guard led the team in assists and free-throw percentage and was second in scoring and minutes. Farmar’s 13.2 points were first in the nation among freshman guards, and he led Pac-10 freshmen 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. He was also named an AP honorable mention All-American.

After two years at UCLA, Farmar declared for the 2006 NBA Draft. 

Farmar’s role with the LA Lakers

The Lakers drafted Farmar in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft. During the 2006-07 season, the NBA rookie 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. During the 2007 NBA Playoffs, he started all five games and averaged 6.4 points, and 1.2 steals.

Farmar spent his first four seasons playing for the Lakers and was a key contributor off the bench. He provided that spark whenever he entered the game. In his second season with the Lakers, he saw tremendous improvement, appearing in all 82 games and 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 titles. The franchise valued Farma, and he understood his role on the team and played it well. After four years in LA, Farmar signed with the New Jersey Nets. He returned to the Lakers during the 2013-14 season.

Where is Jordan Farmar now?

Farmar signed with the New Jersey Nets after winning two titles in LA, spending two seasons with the organization. During the 2011-12 season, he averaged 10.4 points — a career-high. Farmer spent some time playing overseas after competing in New Jersey. He returned to the NBA and joined the Lakers in 2013. After a year with the Lakers, he joined the Clippers. 

Farmar went back overseas from 2015-16. 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.

For nearly a decade, Farmar has lived in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, former professional soccer player Jill Oakes, and their two daughters, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review.

The now-36-year-old originally moved to Sin City as a tax shelter during his basketball career. “The more we stayed out here, the more we fell in love with it, and the less I wanted to be in Los Angeles,” Farmar explained to the Journal-Review. “Now I don’t like to go there at all. I go there and handle my business and come back as soon as possible.”

Farmar cofounded CBDfx, which is described as “a market leader in the CBD industry.” The retired basketball player spent 2022 training to become a private pilot, which became a reality when he passed his exams late that year.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference


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