LA Lakers Making the Strongest Case for More Minutes

One of the pleasantries of watching the Los Angeles Lakers play this season is seeing so many different guys step up at one time or another.

It's like getting to witness a new underdog story every night.

The players comprising the Lakers' roster have come from all corners of the basketball world. Each journeyman carries a unique backstory and they have banded together to form a gritty, scrappy bunch.

No Laker has led the team in scoring outright in consecutive games so far this season. It's been a total team effort, as guys who have spent their entire careers on the fringes of NBA rotations look to stake their claim to an expanded role.

Here are the three guys making the strongest case for a bump in playing time.


Jordan Farmar

Before leaving Sunday night's contest early with a hamstring strain, Jordan Farmar was really heating up.

Over his previous five games, Farmar was averaging 14.6 points and five assists per contest on a sizzling 58.3 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from three-point range.

The UCLA product has been a catalyst for the Lakers, quickly blossoming into the team's best offensive creator.

He can work the pick-and-roll to create for himself and others, and has the ability to knock down open looks from the outside. 

Farmar has expressed his desire for more minutes, explaining that his game benefits from the flows and rhythms of sustained play.

"I think the more opportunity I get to play and the more I'm on the floor, the guys respond to me differently and let me lead them," Farmar told ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin after a brilliant performance in Brooklyn against his former team.

"I'm a rhythm kind of guy," Farmar said. "Once I get a feel for the game, it's much easier for me to make shots at a consistent level." 

McMenamin noted how vastly differen...

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