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With a team full of players on expiring contracts, this season has been something of a tryout for a lot of young players. The Lakers have been able to evaluate a number of guys to see who would be a fit for the Lakers in coming years.

Two players who have made a huge impression are the Lakers young point guards, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar. Both players have had some great stretches for the Lakers this season.

Marshall was brought on when the Lakers had no healthy point guards and stepped up to lead the team. He is a true point guard with excellent court vision and passing ability, but his lack of athleticism hurts him on defense.

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Farmar, meanwhile, has struggled with injuries, but has played well when healthy. His athleticism and leadership on this Lakers team has been essential for a team lacking in veteran leaders.

It is unlikely that the Lakers will retain both of these young guards, so we asked our panel of experts: Who would you rather see as the Lakers point guard of the future, Kendall Marshall or Jordan Farmar? This is what they had to say:

Ramneet Singh (@Ramneet24): The Los Angeles Lakers have two solid point guards on the roster and the future looks bright with Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar running the back court.

Farmar and Marshall bring different assets to the table, but at the end of the day they can both run the Lakers offense very well. Marshall, 22, and Farmar, 27, have represented two of the few bright spots for the coaching staff this season, and have been productive whenever they are on the court.

However, I would give the nod to Marshall based on the fact that his numbers have been stellar ever since joining the Lakers and he still has many years ahead of him to improve. Although Farmar does have more experience and poise under pressure thanks to winning those two NBA championships, Marshall’s 9.2 points and 9.4 assists per game are hard to look over.

Marshall has an uncanny knack of finding open teammates and his playmaking abilities are amazing. Although he is no All-Star point guard yet, if the former UNC Tar Heel can develop his game further, he will one day be an elite guard.

At this point, Marshall should try to improve on the defensive end to try to keep up with the other athletic guards in this league.

Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015): I would like to see Jordan Farmar eventually handed the reigns to the offense.

Kendall Marshall came in and played well, but we’ve seen him struggle a bit as of late, which is to be anticipated. Meanwhile, Farmar has been a consistent contributor when he’s been able to stay healthy.

I think what also needs to be considered is who the head coach will be. Marshall is an excellent fit for Mike D’Antoni’s system, but would he flourish as much under a different coach? I’m not so sure. That being said, I do believe there is room for Marshall on the team as a backup point guard.

Farmar has also been through the battles with the Lakers and won multiple titles. He’s aware of the pressure that comes with being a Lakers point guard and he’s been open about the fact that he missed playing in LA.

Marshall has played well, but it hasn’t come under the normal pressure that coincides with playing for the Lakers. Farmar also has the leg up on Marshall with respects to athleticism, which at the point guard position, can’t be undervalued.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): Jordan Farmar may be coming off a career night against the division rival Sacramento Kings, but I believe Kendall Marshall is the best option for this team at the point guard position.

Over the past few games, Marshall has begun to struggle with many different parts of his game, but he was bound to hit a wall at some point as most players do. Although he has struggled lately, Marshall still has a lot of potential to be a starter in this league.

The only thing that I can see derailing his progress is the Lakers drafting a point guard in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. Taking a point guard with a high pick is a possibility with Dante Exum potentially being in the team’s crosshairs.

As for the debate over Farmar or Marshall as the starter moving forward, I’d go with the UNC product as I believe he has more upside at this point in time.
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  • dparker626

    “It is unlikely that the Lakers will retain both of these young guards…”
    Actually, I think it’s likely they do. They’ll keep Marshall as they have a sub-$1 million option on him. He’s clearly shown enough to warrant picking up that option. Farmar will likely accept a hometown deal (again) as he experienced what the market will bear for him and prefers to be home. I think a team could do a lot worse than a Marshall-Farmar combo. All bets off if an Exum is drafted or a PG in free agency…

    • Joseph Apohen

      “Unlikely to keep both”? Are the Lakers going to look for another back up guard? How idiotic is that going to be when they have two who are not too expensive and are playing so well. One can be let go only if Exum is drafted. Not until then.

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  • Mitch

    Kendall Marshall

    • beautymoon

      I love watching Kendall playing. Farmer is good too. Hope Lakers are able to keep both..they are really enjoyable, good player, give a time with Kendall, he is still young.. with very good future ahead of him I love watching him playing.. but wish he shoot more than passing , though that is his job firs.t

      • Joseph Apohen

        Kendall is an excellent passer. I like how he threads his bounce passes to someone cutting under the basket. However, his perforlmance has regressed, he is not very athletic, his shots have taken a vacation, and he is not as quick as Farmar. At this time Farmar is superior, has more experience, and I see the team seem to respond better with him. I think Marshall can benefit by being a backup pg at this time. At any rate, the Lakers have two good pgs that are not too expensive. I enjoy watching this team as they are exciting despite their losses. I hope there is a way Pau can be retained as he has been performing in an all star level as he used to when he was helping the team win the championships. I don’t think there is any center in the NBA as skillful as Pau. Although the team is comprised of rejects, I really think that with this season under their belt they will be competitive next season, but just short of competing all the way. They will need an addition of another star beside Kobe.
        That should be coming in 2015,

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  • Chris b

    To win right now for Kobe’s last two seasons Farmar but to win later after a few seasons to develope marshall

  • Kay Carter

    hopefully they keep both, get rid of nash and pick up Kyrie

  • Daryl Peek

    Why can’t or wouldn’t they keep both? Even if Nash plays next season. I like the contrast in their games. It makes for a diverse team to defend against. Marshall has a ways to go before he truly earns his keep IMO but I would have no problem if he was a Laker next season.

    I just need to see his shooting stroke get more consistent as he cannot make one on the move or with a defender in his face. His defense has to grow tremendously!

    • e3bonz

      Do you think the fast pace system is harder on the players than the half court set? All the injuries we suffered this year seems abnormal to me. I would not want to be thin at the 1 and 2 spots.

      • Daryl Peek

        I simply look at the careers of Kobe and Nash in contrast. Kobe has missed many more games than Nash from 2000-2011 when Nash was playing uptempo compared to Kobe in the slower triangle.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    I am a believer in experience… would go with Farmar at this point given Kobe’s contract and the team’s apparent direction… which is to rebuild in free agency. This is like 2004-2005 de javu…

    • Daryl Peek

      Much different than 04-05. Kobe was still very young, and Phil was still on the table for a return. This is a whole new ball game, complete era change from top to bottom is on the horizon. Drafting, free agency and grooming is where we are. Mitch has learned the draft pick swap game is a dead market as picks are now NFL valuable in the NBA. Expiring contracts don’t hold the same weight either. Time to adapt, but tanking is not the solution.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Be that as it may… it still feels like 04-05… we are actually set for a better year next year with a little of flexibility in free agency as well as the draft… we are building a good foundation this year for the next….

  • hookedonnews

    Kendall Marshall is a good passer, but Jordan Farmar is a player who makes a difference between winning and losing. He’s a dynamic scorer and a decent passer and defender. No contest if Farmar can stay healthy. See no reason not to keep them both if possible. Chances are Nash will be back next season but won’t play extended minutes more than likely. Marshall may improve his offensive game, but he’s never going to score like Farmar or Nash for that matter. Just doesn’t have the shooting stroke. His 3 pointer has gone south and his mid-range game is non-existent for the most part.

    • Kay Carter

      you 4get who our coach is, he’s gonna start nash smh

      • hookedonnews

        If Nash is healthy I can’t think of a coach in the league who wouldn’t start him. He won’t play major minutes in any case unless he’s super healthy. There’s plenty of room on this team for Nash, Farmar, and Marshall. If recent history is any indication, we’ll need all of them and more.

    • Joseph Apohen

      I totally agree with your assessment. Marshall is a tremendous passer. Reminds me of Magic. However, he does not drive the basket like Farmar and does not have the shot making ability as Jordan. He has mostly set shots and like you said his three pointer has basically disappeared. Nash is no longer the old Nash and he is not coming back. He was great unfortulnately the word is “was”. The Lakers should find a way to ease him out..I think Jordan and Kendal can lead the team until 2015 when they can secure the likes of Irving, or Westbrook

      • hookedonnews

        As I said I think Nash will be back unless he decides he can’t physically do it anymore. Mitch has made it plain that the decision is his whether he wants to play or not. I don’t think you want to go into a season with only 2 PGs considering what we’ve seen the last 2 seasons. Farmar missed a lot of games. If Nash is healthy (and that’s a big if), he can still contribute and help mentor Marshall also. As you said, after next season they can go after a big name PG if that’s what they want to do. Xavier looking better tonight. I really like these guys. They’re a good group. Add a few pieces, and I think they can compete with anybody (depending on how Kobe plays when he gets back). Already looking forward to next season.

        • Joseph Apohen

          Injuries are part of sports, but what happened to the Lakers this season is an aberration. I don’t think we’ll see this much injury again. Hopefully not.

  • comrade24

    i hope they do retain both and don’t see why they wouldn’t. I really hope that the Lakers don’t waste their draft pick on an untested point guard like Exum if we have the option to draft someone like Parker or Embiid.

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