Nets point guard Jordan Farmar has been playing the best basketball of his career, according to Avery Johnson.
The statistics reflect as much. Farmar is currently shooting 48 percent from the field, 93 percent from the free throw line and 46.1 percent from 3-point range -- all career bests. These increases are sharp from last season, when he was triple-slashing 39.2/82/35.9.
Based on the stats, the biggest difference in Farmar’s game, according to hoopdata.com is his shooting from 10-23 feet. In 2010-11, Farmar was shooting 25.9 percent from 10-15 feet and 37.5 percent from 16-23 feet. In 2011-12, he’s shooting 37.5 percent from 10-15 feet and 47.8 percent from 16-23 feet.
Farmar is only shooting 30.8 percent from 3-9 feet, where one can guess he’s taking his most difficult shots -- runners, floaters and other off-balance attempts often with the shot clock winding down -- over taller players. But at the rim, he’s converted at a 62.9 percent clip, the highest of his career.
Farmar will be the first to tell you his defense leaves much to be desired, but he’s giving the Nets exactly what they need offensively.
And it sure is impressive, considering it appeared that Farmar was in Johnson’s doghouse earlier in the season. Third-stringer Sundiata Gaines was the first point guard off the bench.
Farmar’s minutes and production were minimal from the start, but he went off for 26 points in 23 minutes in Denver on Jan. 11 and he’s been on fire ever since.
Farmar will make $4 million this season. He has a $4.25 player option for 2012-13.
Given the way he’s played, it shouldn’t be too hard for the Nets to move Farmar at the trade deadline. And if they keep him, he may elect to test the market and try to find an expanded role elsewhere. Either way, Farmar looks like the least of the Nets concerns moving forward.