The Lakers haven’t even played in their first pre-season game yet, so it’s hard to truly tell who the standout players are at this point. However, there’s a lot of early buzz from camp surrounding Jordan Farmar, Shawne Williams and Nick Young.
According to the Lakers’ reporter, Mike Trudell, Farmar is looking impressive so far:
Word around the team is that @JrFarmar has looked great on the first few days. Several people have mentioned it without prompting.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 30, 2013
D'Antoni on @jrfarmar: "You can already see he’s going to be effective this year. The biggest thing is his toughness."— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 1, 2013
There’s superfluous buzz early in training camp for every team, but one player getting a lot for LAL is @JrFarmar.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 2, 2013
At 26 years of age, Farmar is just about to hit his prime, and playing in Mike D’Antoni‘s system could be a game changer for the L.A. native. It’s still early, but Jordan is being mentioned daily and he could turn out to be a real steal this year.
Williams, meanwhile, is said to be shooting the lights out of the ball:
Another common observation: Shawne Williams has barely missed a shot thus far. He’s a guy to keep an eye on.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 30, 2013
During his first stint with D’Antoni in New York, Williams shot over 40 percent from three-point land and had his best season as a pro. If he can drain the outside shot regularly and play some defense, the 6’9″ forward could even find himself in the starting line-up alongside Pau Gasol on opening night.
Finally, it appears that Swaggy P is getting used to his new surroundings and was the standout player during Wednesday’s practice session:
The apparent standout at today’s practice was @NickSwagyPYoung. D’Antoni and a few players described it as his best session thus far.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 2, 2013
Young may end up being the Lakers’ starter at the small forward spot, though he’s also said to be fighting for the spot along with Wesley Johnson. However, if he can show a commitment to defense and moving the ball, Young could easily find himself stealing the spot from Johnson come opening night.