Jamaal Franklin was a great second round pick by the Grizzlies, maybe the best athlete in the draft and a first round talent they got at No. 41.
The Grizzlies have locked him up with a three-year deal, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today. The deal is for basically the minimum (we don’t know what the guarantees there are for the first two years) and the third year is a team option.
Franklin played his college ball at San Diego State and he has prototypical size and athleticism for a wing in the NBA — 6’6” with a 6”11” wingspan. Combine that with his elite athleticism and you have a real potential NBA star.
As you would expect, Franklin is very good in in transition — he attacks the rim and after a few of his throw downs there may be calls for him to enter the dunk contest. He has real potential as a defender.
There’s just one, pretty glaring flaw — he’s a shooting guard who can’t shoot. He hit just 40.4 percent of his shots overall last season in college, and according to DraftExpress he shot just 21 percent on contested jumpers, 23 percent on catch-and-shoots.
Franklin is going to find it hard to find minutes with the wing depth already on the Grizzlies’ roster —Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter, Tony Allen, and now Mike Miller.
You can teach a guy to shoot if he wants to learn and put in the time. If that happens with Franklin the Grizzlies could have the steal of the draft. They are going to take a look at him for a couple years and see if they can make it happen.