By Amy Samin
He’s back! Maccabi Tel Aviv is proud to announce that Jordan Farmar has signed with the club for the 2015-16 season. Farmar (29, 6’2), the super-fast Jewish American point guard who specializes in driving to the basket, has agreed to return to Maccabi for the coming season. Farmar, an intelligent and athletic player, excels at creating plays and is a top notch shooter from every range on the court.
Head coach Guy Goodes: "We're very happy that Jordan is returning to Maccabi. We're all very familiar with his great talent and his skills on offense, his experience in the NBA as well as in Europe."
"Jordan will bring to Maccabi outstanding offensive ability, one of the very best in Europe. He has a tremendous connection with the club and its fans. We're continuing to put together the puzzle, and like we promised our fans - we are building the strongest team possible with the goal of accomplishing great things in every possible framework."
Farmar is returning for his second term with Maccabi, the first being during the NBA lockout at the start of the 2011-12 season. During his months in the yellow and blue he was exceptional, with averages of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game in the Euroleague. It didn’t take long for him to become a fan favorite, thanks to his spectacular playing style and his charming personality. His best game with Maccabi was in an 88-82 victory at home against Spanish club Real Madrid, when he scored 27 points. In the first two months of the season he played in 16 official games with Maccabi: 7 in the Euroleague, 6 in the Adriatic League, and 3 in the Israeli League.
He was selected in the first round of the 2006 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 26th pick. He played his first four seasons as a pro with the Lakers, winning two NBA championships with them (2009 and 2010). In the summer of 2010 he was offered an impressive contract with the New Jersey Nets, where he played for two seasons (excluding the start of 2011-12, when he played for Maccabi), posting averages of 9.9 points and 4.4 assists.
Farmar returned to Europe for the 2012-13 season, signing with Turkish club Anadolu Efes Istanbul. He was one of the top players in the Euroleague that season, with averages of 13.8 points 3.9 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game. He led the club to the fifth and final game of the quarterfinal series against Olympiacos of Greece, the club that went on to win the Euroleague title that year.
In 2013-14 Farmar returned to the Lakers, contributing 10.1 points and 4.9 assists with 44% shooting from outside the arc. He started this past season (2014-15) with the Lakers’ cross town rival, the LA Clippers, but claiming he didn’t get enough playing time, the guard returned to Turkey in February, signing with Darü??afaka Spor Kulübü. He led that club to third place in the Turkish League, good enough to earn the club its first-ever ticket to the Euroleague. Farmar enjoyed outstanding averages with the team: 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
Farmar’s NBA career spanned 8 seasons (5 with the Lakers, 2 with the Nets, and 1 with the Clippers) and included 490 regular season games and 69 post-season games, with averages of 7.7 points, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game. He scored a total of 4,116 points in the NBA.