|Team: Maccabi Tel Aviv|
H: 6' 2"|
W: 171 lbs
(29 Years Old)
|RSCI: 21||Agent: Tony Dutt |
High School: William Howard Taft HS
Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Drafted: Pick 26 in 2006 by Lakers
Best Case: Steve Nash
Worst Case: Mateen Cleaves
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2006||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 0.75"||6' 2"||171||6' 3"||7' 10.5"||4.4||33.5||42.0|
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2006||NBA Pre-Draft Camp||6' 0.75"||6' 2"||171||6' 3"||7' 10.5"||4.4||33.5||42.0|
Overview: Solid back-up point guard who has issues with efficiency, but brings some things to the table in limited minutes. Possesses nice size, but possesses a slim build and average wingspan for a point guard. Tested out extremely well athletically in the pre-draft process, but doesnít jump out as a freak athlete on the court, outside of the occasional big dunk. Doesnít display great lateral explosiveness. Struggles to post efficient numbers due to a lack of consistency around the basket. Decision-making has been an issue at times. Developing into a solid defender. Used to be a much more dynamic offensive player. Former McDonaldís All-American spent only two seasons at UCLA where he posted eerily similar numbers in his only two years on campus. Won the PAC-10 Freshman of the Year Award in 2005. Snuck into the late first round. Has been the Lakersí back-up point guard ever since, but has seen his playing time fluctuate. Needs to prove that he can maintain his efficiency from season to season.
Offense: An inconsistent offensive player whose efficiency has been problematic since entering the League. Gets about a quarter of his offense from spot-ups, fast breaks, and pick and rolls in the triangle offense. A threat to hit shots from the outside. Doesnít shoot or make as many threes as he did as a rookie, but displays good form and has decent consistency in catch and shoot situations. Not shy when he is given space, or feels he has an angle. Will fade away a bit when defended, and doesnít always get consistent elevation, which coupled with his lack of great lateral quickness, limits him off the dribble. Plays with pace, but isnít explosive enough to create separation without a pick or prove very effective at the rim, unless he has a clear path. Doesnít go to his floater as often as he did during his time at UCLA. Wonít back down if he has a head of steam, but lacks the strength and leaping ability to finish at the basket with ideal consistency. Doesnít draw contact at a high rate, and shoots a rather questionable percentage from the line. Displays very good court vision when heís looking to distribute, but could be more selective with when he shoots and when he passes off the dribble. Runs the pick and roll pretty well, but often appears to be looking to shoot rather than pass. Not terribly turnover prone, since he tends to force midrange jumpers more often than drive into traffic. Likes to push the ball in transition, where his craftiness makes him an effective player. Has his moments operating in the triangle, but his lack of finishing ability hurts his efficiency within that framework, making his inconsistent perimeter repertoire that much more representative in his shooting percentages.
Defense: Lacking great quickness, length, and strength, Farmar is far from an ideal defensive player physically, but possesses a knack for creating turnovers. Actively tries to anticipate passes, allowing him to come up with quite a few steals by virtue of his good awareness and timing. Struggles to get around screens when defending the pick and roll, though he does his best to stay in position. Shows solid, but not great fundamentals, getting caught watching the ball from time to time. Doesnít always close out under control either, taking himself out of the play in spot up situations. Decent one-on-one defender, moving his feet well and knowing when to give space and when to apply pressure. Wonít match up well with quicker players. Rebounds the ball at a solid rate for a guard nonetheless. Not a high level defender, but is capable.
The most highly touted player coming into the pre-draft camp, Farmarís burden of expectations was considerably higher than anyone else participating. The end result was a bit mixed, as it was hard not to come away disappointed at times from what Farmar was showing hereóor rather from what he didnít show. He certainly did not play poorly, but considering how much better we all know he is than anyone else at this camp from what weíve seen in his two years in college, he didnít do a great job putting it all together in his four days here.
Farmar was at his best in his second game when going up against a hobbled Gerry McNamara. He got into the lane at will, scored in bunches with sweet floaters off the glass, and did a pretty good job of running his team. Farmarís ball-handling looked terrific throughout the camp, and he used it along with his craftiness to keep his defenders on their heels and constantly guessing as to where he would go next.
The problems Farmar encountered mostly had to do with his decision making. He would follow up a terrific play with a boneheaded one, trying to be way too flashy and over-thinking things quite a bit. And while this is nothing new to those who have watched him play consistently through his college career, it was quite frustrating at times to see him force the issue time after time in some stretches. Farmar ran his teamís offense about as well as any other point guard when taking all three games into account, which might not be saying all that much, but wasnít exactly the exhilarating and incredibly unselfish playmaker weíve so often seen at UCLA. He appeared to be looking to show off his scoring ability more than his passing, and did a pretty good job as mentioned of scoring inside the paint.
Farmarís perimeter shooting was extremely inconsistent both in the games as well as the drills, and it appears that there will be a longer transition period than usual adjusting himself to the NBA 3-point line. Defensively, he was up and down as well, lacking strength (only 171 pounds) as well as some length (6-3 wingspan) and lateral quickness, but heís clearly benefited from the tutelage he received on this end of the floor from UCLA coach Ben Howland in terms of knowing how to use his head to stay in front of people when he wants to.
All in all, Farmar had himself a fairly average outing at the camp considering the high expectations he set for us with his play over the past two seasons. If he ends up staying in the draft and landing in the first round (this yearís draft is too crazy to definitely make that assessment right now) it will be for other reasons beyond how he performed here.
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Farmar was able to get into the lane all day, with Gerry McNamara not being able to keep up with him at all. He made a few nice shots in the lane, including a beautiful floater off the glass while he was fading away from the basket. He has a lot of the tools necessary for a point guard to score over taller players in the NBA. His floaters dropped into the hoop with ease, and he was able to keep defenders on his back while making layups. Farmar was unable to make most of his shots however, and his passing was nowhere near what we saw in college. He did find his teammates for some good looks in transition, but struggled to find guys in the half court. Part of this may be due to the fact that his teammates werenít executing plays well, but he had to deal with that for much of his college career. Farmarís passing in the half court might be better if he had a better feel for his teammatesí tendencies. His shooting was inconsistent, hitting a few long range jumpers but being well off on quite a few more. This was the first occasion when watching Farmar where his finishing in the lane has actually been better than his passing. On the defensive end, Farmar kept McNamara in check for much of the game, but still lacked focus at times. Farmar did a lot today to prove that he can score, he just needs to go out and display the court vision he was known for in college.
While Jordan Farmarís physical attributes certainly donít jump out at you, at 6-2 he will not be considered undersized for the NBA point guard position.
His best attributes all revolve around his phenomenal playmaking skills, basketball IQ, and the way he makes everyone around him better; which separates him from every other PG in this draft except for possibly Marcus Williams of Connecticut.
Farmar is an unbelievable passer first and foremost, possessing terrific court vision and an uncanny knack for getting the ball to teammates in a favorable position to score. This skill will undoubtedly look infinitely better at the next level when he is playing next to more talented teammates. Farmar is capable of executing every pass in the point guard instruction manual to perfection; whether itís threading the needle from the perimeter with a bullet pass, driving and dishing to find the open shooter on the wing, throwing up imaginative lobs perfectly out of nowhere for alley-oops, or especially with simple and highly effective bounce passes into the post right to the hands of his big man or cutter for an easy basket. Farmar is just as good passing on the move as he is from stand-still positions, and is equally adept at making top 10 highlight reel passes as he is playing fundamental old-school basketball to set players up for easy layups. He consistently makes the game easier for everyone around him with the way he gets his teammates involved, and indeed helped his UCLA squad overachieve severely and make the NCAA tournament finals, where they lost to Florida.
As a floor general, Farmar is outstanding at controlling tempo, organizing his teammates and executing half-court sets. He picks up on plays quickly, knows when and how to improvise, and very rarely looks unprepared for what is evolving around him on the floor.
Farmar played a style of grind it out basketball that did not really suit his strengths as a player, but adapted himself wonderfully as an assistant coach out on the floor for Coach Ben Howland. He loves to push the tempo of the game and is excellent at organizing the fast-break, but is also just as good at slowing down the pace of the game, eating up clock, and getting his team a good look at the end of the shot-clock.
Much of his success as both a passer and a scorer has to do with his terrific ball-handling skills. Farmar is a natural born dribbler, keeping the ball low and always in control and never being phased or rattled by anything around him. He keeps the ball alive at all costs in the most impossible of situations, often in And-1 style.
His ball-handling skills are a huge reason why heís found plenty of success as a scorer at the NCAA level as well. Farmar possesses all the crafty little tricks in his arsenal that all great shot-creators have, including nifty head and ball-fakes, plenty of change of pace ability, but also a surprising and quite unexpected extra gear he can go to on his 2nd and 3rd step once he gets his man off-balance. He sees and uses all the angles available to him to create scoring opportunities for teammates, but especially to find an angle to slash to the basket, often splitting apart the double team if needed on his way to the hoop.
Considering that he is not an explosive athlete, this ability to create space for himself to operate is extremely important. Once he gets past his man, either on his own accord or preferably with a screen, the defense is at a serious disadvantage. Farmar is excellent at using his body to fend off defenders while heís dribbling, keeping them on his hip and holding them at bay, being the one who dictates his motion and not the only way around. Just like in all other facets of the game, Farmar displays great toughness here, never backing down and having no problem taking contact on his way to the basket.
Despite his youth, his leadership skills are excellent. Farmar became the unequivocal leader of a young team that as mentioned overachieved severely in going all the way to the final game of the NCAA tournament. He did it on the floor with his voice, off the floor by example, and always with a calm and cool demeanor about him that is extremely rare for a player that only turned 19 a month into the season. He gained the respect of his upperclassmen teammates very early on in his tenure at UCLA thanks to his poise and focus, and never gave them any reason to lose it, particularly with the way he played through multiple nagging injuries all season long. This comes as no surprise as heís both a physically and mentally tough player who seems to be programmed to succeed. In the clutch, Farmar wants the ball in his hands and is pretty reliable in terms of making good decisions. Off the court, Farmar is an honors student.
Farmar doesnít have nearly as many weaknesses as he does strengths, but the ones he does posses are serious concerns.
The most glaring would be his lack of athleticism, as he possesses average explosiveness at best. His first step in particular is not all that impressive, often needing a screen, some nifty ball-handling skills or other crafty tricks to be able to get by his man already at the college level. Not being the most explosive player vertically getting off the floor to finish at the rim, Farmar will have to add some strength to continue to get his shot off effectively in the paint once he does get in the lane. The fact that heís not very tall or long only compounds this problem.
This wouldnít be as much of an issue if he was a consistent outside shooter, but he is most certainly not, only hitting 33% of his 3-point shots in both his freshman and sophomore seasons at UCLA. Farmarís shot selection can be questionable at times, sometimes feeling the need to take too much on himself. What should be mentioned here is that he plays in an offense that likes to run down the entire shot-clock more often than not, which means heís usually the one stuck with the ball in his hands and forced to hoist up a tough and contested shot at the end of possessionsósomething that is obviously not his strength.
Becoming a better mid-range shooter off the dribble would help him compensate for the average physical attributes he possesses, which will make things more difficult on him in terms of finishing around the basket.
Related to these problems is the fact that Farmar is quite a dominant offensive player in terms of the way he handles the ball almost exclusively when being played at the point guard spot for UCLA. His teammates have a tendency to stand around and watch at times, just being accustomed to the fact that heíll at some point magically create an easy shot for them out of nothing by threading the needle with a pin-point accurate pass. Sometimes that works, but more often than not he ends up getting himself in trouble, which causes turnovers. Farmar averaged 3.6 turnovers per game his sophomore year (3.9 as a freshman), having problems with this issue particularly early on and midway through the season, coincidentally when he was struggling with nagging injuries the most.
Regardless, Farmar showed some definite problems with not knowing his limitations at times; forcing the issue with penetrations, getting too deep under the rim, looking out of control with excessive spin moves, and hoisting up crazy shots that were clearly out of his repertoire. To help relieve this to a certain extent as well as get an extremely talented freshman some well deserved minutes, UCLA would at times switch him over to the SG spot in order to get Darren Collison on the floor. The 5-11, 155 pound speedster was only capable of playing the point, but did it well enough to average just under 20 minutes per game.
Farmarís second biggest weakness is his defense. He only possesses average length and lateral quickness and therefore struggles to stay in front of quicker opponents. It wasnít rare to see him being lit up by the point guard he was assigned to guard (which was sometimes all the more reason to bring in the superb defending freshman Collison), and at times this did not seem to bother Farmar all that much. Later on in the year, when putting in more effort, he did show some nice anticipation ability and overall craftiness in terms of being able to contain players, but itís pretty clear that heíll be at least somewhat of a liability in the NBA until he gets his feet wet and adjusts to the pace of the game.
Jordan Farmar was the first recruit that committed to former Pitt coach Ben Howland. He was considered a fantastic college prospect in a deep class of high school PGs, and was even named a McDonaldís All-American, amongst other accolades.
As a freshman Farmar took little time to adjust to the college game. With Cedric Bozeman out for the year with a torn ACL, Farmar was asked to step in and start from day one for UCLA. He did so and played heavy minutes, starting every game and only seeing less than 31 minutes in a contest twice all season. He helped UCLA return to the NCAA tournament, and was named Pac-10 freshman of the year for his efforts, averaging 13.2 points and 5.4 assists on the season. He was mentioned on numerous occasions by DraftExpress as one of the most exciting freshman prospects in the country (see links).
Coming into his sophomore year, expectations were huge. He was nominated as a preseason Wooden Award candidate and a finalist for the Bob Cousy (point guards only) Award. An ankle injury made him miss a few games early on in the season, but Farmar rushed himself back onto the court and was clearly hampered by it (as well as ensuing groin, thumb, wrist and another injury to his opposite ankle) later on in the year. Farmar continued to play and UCLA was ranked in the top 20 for most of the season. After dropping two games on the road at Washington and arch-rivals USC, UCLA reeled off 12 straight wins to make it all the way to the Finals of the NCAA Tournament as a (many considered overrated) #2 seed. The Bruins made their name known based on their defense, and Farmar was an important cog even on this end. In what might have been the last game of his college career, the Finals against Florida, Farmar was obviously the only player to show up for UCLA, scoring 18 points with 4 assists and 2 turnovers. On the season he averaged 13.5 points and 5.1 assists.
A prospect with rare strengths and glaring weaknesses, Farmar is clearly a beauty in the eye of the beholder type prospect. This scout is sure he will find success in the NBA eventually, but the buzz around him all season long has been very weak, with most scouts we talked to seeming to think that he isnít that great of a prospect at all. Whatís for sure is that Farmar has a definite itch to play in the NBA, and would likely stay in the draft should he be guaranteed of being selected in the 1st round. Heís already said he will not be attending the Orlando pre-draft camp, instead relying on private workouts to try and get his stock to where it needs to be.
His father Damon Farmar played professional baseball. His godfather is MLB great Eric Davis.
Farmar will likely be the first Jewish player in the NBA since David Bluthenthal, and the first one to really stick since Danny Schayes.
Farmarís numbers do not accurately reflect his performance in the national championship game, as he was seemingly the only Bruin who came ready to play tonight. The sophomore point guard looked like the best in the nation during the first half, where he scored 12 of his teamís first 20 points and distributed the ball to open teammates in scoring positions. Unfortunately for Farmar (and his assist total), Aaron Afflalo, Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Ryan Hollins, and Lorenzo Mata couldnít buy a bucket in half one.
In the second half, Farmar continued to show his great poise and leadership, continuing to get the ball to teammates in scoring positions while putting his own points up on the board when need be. As the game went on, he was forced to take some very tough shots early in the shot clock, but this was due to his teamís frantic need to put points on the board as time was quickly ticking away. Even while the Los Angeles native was doing so however, he still always looked for his teammates first, then took things into his hands to put the ball through the net.
As far as the NBA stacks up, Jordan has plenty of things that scouts are looking for. One that was extremely evident tonight was his ability to play the pick and roll game, which is crucial in virtually every NBA teamís offense. He comes off of picks very tightly, while keeping his head up the entire time, and seemingly made the correct decision nearly every time tonight. His ability to score while playing the role of set up man at the same time is unparalleled at the college level. Defensively, Farmar easily has room for improvement, but displayed quick hands and quick feet tonight while guarding Gator guards. He seems to have mental lapses at times however, which resulted in open three pointers for Lee Humphrey throughout the game. It is hard to ignore the improvement Farmar has shown on the defensive end of the ball, starting with the first game of the tournament and ending with his excellent performance in the National Championship game. Needless to say, the former McDonaldís All American has the intangibles to go along with a skill set that easily place him as one of the top point guards in this yearís draft if he were to declare.
The numbers donít tell the whole story when it comes to Farmarís performance against LSU, and they probably donít as far as the entire season goes really. He has been criticized for his decision making in the past, but made great decisions in this particular game. Whether it was running his half court offense to perfection, pushing it up on the break or breaking down his defender, Farmar was on top of his game and showed terrific poise throughout as Ben Howlandís assistant coach out on the floor. His teamís unattractive grind it out style of play isnít the best facilitator for racking up huge numbers, but it has shown to be extremely effective in taking teamís out of their gameplan and of course winning games.
Farmar is a very hard player to stop when his three point shot is falling, which was the case tonight, as he can use the threat of the shot to drive into the lane. His superior court vision aids him in picking up assists while driving to the hoop. Farmar had some very impressive passes, including a lob to Ryan Hollins for an alley-oop dunk from the top of the key. The weakest part of Jordan Farmarís game is on the defensive side of the ball, where he was beat off the dribble too many times again today. Despite this flaw, his great pro potential as a rare pure playmaker was on display throughout the game. Before the NCAA Tournament, the consensus seemed to be that Farmar should return to UCLA for his junior season, but he could vault his draft stock and declare this year if he comes through with one more solid performance in the national championship game.
What looked like a potentially disastrous performance early on in the biggest stage of Jordan Farmarís career thus far turned into a clutch performance that revealed his true colors as a player.
Farmar and UCLA could not have started off any worse, not hitting a single field goal in the first 9 minutes of the game, committing 7 turnovers in that span (with only one belonging to Farmar) and looking completely out of sync on their way to a 17 point deficit in the first half. Gonzaga threw a variety of different defenses at UCLA, including a terrific zone that threw them completely out of their rhythm and had Farmar struggling badly to settle his team down and get them into their offense. Farmar showed little in the ways of leadership skills in these minutes, not making too many mistakes himself but also not taking any ownership of the team that heís had such a huge part in leading to the Sweet 16. His first points of the game, a deep 3-pointer with 10:50 to go was also UCLAís first field goal of the game. He slowly helped UCLA chip into the lead, scoring 5 more points in the half and moving the ball around better but still seeing his team finish the half shooting only 26% from the field.
The 2nd half saw UCLA dig in defensively and cut down the deficit behind the strong playmaking skills of their point guard Farmar. Over the last 30 minutes of the game, UCLA committed only 3 turnovers the rest of the way after their horrid start. His defense on Derek Raivio slowed down Gonzaga significantly, forcing him into numerous bad decisions and putting them in a situation to get the deficit into a workable margin with just a few minutes remaining. Together with fantastic freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute who scored 6 of the teamís final 11 points, Farmar and UCLA provided one of the best finishes weíve seen in the past few years to knock off Gonzaga and advance to the Elite Eight.
Farmar hit an extremely tough floater from the baseline with 51 seconds left in the game to pull the game within 3 and then played outstanding defense on Adam Morrison to force him into missing a shot that he would usually make in his sleep. With UCLA down by 1 with 10 seconds left and looking to foul, Farmar instead helped trap J.P. Batista on the baseline after an in-bounds pass and stole the ball from him. He showed his poise by maintaining his balance and delivering a tough pass right underneath the basket to a cutting Mbah a Moute for the go-ahead basket to cap off an amazing win.
This was far from the best performance of his college career so far, but all that matters is his team won. UCLA is back in the Elite Eight and Farmar will match up again with Memphis and fellow sophomore point guard Darius Washington on Saturday.
Farmar might have been the best point guard in college basketball in the out of conference portion of the NCAA season, and continued to look like a player well beyond his years in helping UCLA to an impressive road win at Michigan this past weekend. Heís led his team so far to an outstanding 9-1 record and has been the engine that makes his teamís dynamic half-court offense go.
His assist numbers can be misleading at times as heís been asked to play off the ball a lot more than last year, due to the emergence of extremely talented freshman PG Darren Collison. Coach Howland likes the youngster a lot (for good reason) and tries to get him on the floor as much as possible, which pushes Farmar to the 2. Farmar has been doing what heís asked and contributing to his team however possible, though, whether itís scoring, setting up his teammates or providing outstanding leadership on the floor. Anyone that has seen Farmar play in the last year and change will tell you that he is one of the best pure PGís in the country from a standpoint of controlling tempo and making teammates better, so getting to show a new part of his game isnít necessarily such a bad thing. Where as last year he dominated the ball exclusively and showed inconsistent scoring ability, he has clearly added some new wrinkles to his offensive game that make him a much more dangerous all-around player. He still uses a wide array of head and body fakes to compliment his outstanding ball-handling skills and extra gear getting into the lane, but is now showing a wider arsenal of moves finishing around the basket, including floaters, short pull-up jumpers and a soft touch using the glass. His outside shot has been much better as of late after getting off to a very slow start, shooting 64% from behind the arc in the month of December. Farmarís biggest weakness remains his defensive ability. Itís not rare to see opposing guards blow right by him, as this is the part of his game where his lack of incredible athletic ability really comes to play.
Despite being an established college player already who is well known in basketball circles, Farmar only turned 19 a few weeks ago and clearly has a bright future ahead of him. If he continues to play the way he has so far this year and takes his team deep into the tournament, he could have a tough decision ahead of him this May. The fact that UCLA has a young, but incredibly deep and talented team that could be in position to make a national championship run next year might make him want to stick around for another season. At the same time, Farmar could look at this yearís weak crop of point guards and see a good opportunity for himself to land himself a guaranteed contract in June.
Farmar doesnít look like an NBA prospect, but true floor general ability can never be truly underrated. Farmar had a few nasty games early in the season, but by mid-year, he was running the show as well as just about any 4-year starter could ever hope to. Farmar isnít a standout athlete, but is better than he looks. Heíll hit the open jumper, and more importantly, always find his teammates when they are open. When it comes to controlling the tempo, there might not be a better point guard in the nation. It will be interesting to see if Farmar can follow in the footsteps of Deron Williams to become the next big time pass-first point guard prospect.[Read Full Article]
On a resurgent Bruin team, Jordan Farmar is very exemplary of UCLA's chances of making a splash in this tournament. Blessed with the kind of court vision and mental edge that Deron Williams is turning into first round money, Farmar is a main reason for his team's turnaround. He controls tempo, makes big plays on both ends of the floor, and is the kind of difference maker that most coaches dream of having at the PG spot. Unfortunately, he still plays like a freshman sometimes. While he is a wizard with the ball, he still doesn't value it like he should. There have been some games where his turnovers issues have directly affected the outcome. His shooting is inconsistent, and while he has nice size for a PG (6'2) there may be some minor quibbles about whether he has the athleticism to play point in the league. All things considered, he is a future first rounder. Many have called Jordan Farmar a coach out on the floor. It will be interesting to see how well he can control a game in which he is pitted against Bobby Knight.[Read Full Article]