Has Jordan Farmar Earned His Place?

That leaves the in-house options. And with the future of Derek Fisher unknown, that leaves Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar. Has Shannon Brown proven he is anything beyond a streaky 3-point shooter, who has freakish athleticism, and is capable of making eye-popping dunks off the bench? Add in his inability to fully grasp the Triangle offense, and judging by his minutes, it does not appear that Phil Jackson and the Lakers see Shannon Brown as the answer at point guard.

While Derek Fisher may return—the time has come for somebody else to take the reigns. That person is Jordan Farmar. Nix that. That person HAS to be Jordan Farmar, because the Lakers simply have no other alternatives. While Farmar has had his ups and downs while wearing the Forum Blue and Gold, it’s important for the Lakers (and their fans) to remember that Farmar is only 23 years old. Never give up on young point guards.

For example, the Boston Celtics, with the 3rd pick in the 1997 NBA draft, drafted point guard Chauncey Billups out of Colorado. He soon fell out of favor with coach Rick Pitino and was traded to the Toronto Raptors midway through his rookie season. Billups bounced around the league for five years, until he was picked up by the Detroit Pistons in 2002, where he grew into a star. He soon won a NBA Championship, and after he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, he helped solidify their talented (albeit immature) roster and turned it into a title contender. (For an example closer to home, consider Shannon Brown, who was drafted 26th by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2006 draft. They never gave him a chance–think they regret it now? Especially considering (the) Marcus Thornton dropped 37 on their back court last night?)

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