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Better Know a Draft Pick: Jamaal Franklin

With the 41st pick in last night's 2013 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies selected Jamaal Franklin out of San Diego State University.


Jamaal Franklin

21 Years Old, 6'5", 191 lbs., SG, San Diego State University

Franklin has been a Grizzly for less than twenty-four hours, and I've already seen/heard (mostly via twitter) vastly different opinions about him. Below are some takes on the pick from draft experts or basketball pundits.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">@AndrewFord22</a> I would have preferred they took a shooting guard who could shoot, but he&#39;s a solid defender and incredibly athletic</p>&mdash; Ed Isaacson (@nbadraftblog) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">@AndrewFord22</a> Lazy. Very different skill sets and definitely very different personalities</p>&mdash; Ed Isaacson (@nbadraftblog) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Wow major coup for Memphis to get Jamaal Franklin at 41.</p>&mdash; Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jamaal Franklin&#39;s lack of a three-point shot has to be killing him with NBA teams. Someone is going to get high value with him.</p>&mdash; Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Memphis takes Jamaal Frankin with the #41 pick. One of the biggest drops in the draft. Talented slasher/defender, but can&#39;t shoot.</p>&mdash; Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Grizzlies hope that Franklin is Tony Allen 2.0. Could be.</p>&mdash; Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Aside from draft gurus, a quick twitter search of 'Jamaal Franklin' will pull up vastly differing opinions about the pick. As with every pick in the draft, there are going to people that love it, hate it, and those that are indifferent. This leads us to the question: Who is Jamaal Franklin on the basketball court? Rather than lead you through a detailed breakdown of Franklin myself, I would like to refer you to several wonderful scouting reports that are already written by experts. They are all worth your time.

Ed Isaacson- NBA Draft Blog: Jamaal Franklin Scouting Report

Walker Beeken - DraftExpress: Franklin Scouting Report

Adam Ganeles - Scouting Franklin

The last scouting report of sorts that I will leave you with is a video report made by DraftExpress. It's excellent, and I highly recommend it for your Jamaal Franklin education.

It's still very early, but my initial reaction is I hate this pick. Now, I know hate is a strong word. My disdain for the pick really has nothing to do with Franklin's game. I think he will be a great asset to the Grizzlies for a lot of years to come. My problem is with the fact that I don't see how he helps the Grizzlies get any closer to a championship while the team is "in its window" so to speak. I've seen a lot of people justify the pick by saying something along the lines of "It's tough to find consistent shooting in the second round." Yes, it is tough, but it can be done. Just look at the draft two years ago when Chandler Parsons (Pick 38) and Isaiah Thomas (Pick 60) stepped in and were able to shoot the ball well and at a high percentage right out of the gates. I know you can't draft based solely on need, but don't tell me Erick Green and Ricky Ledo, two guys that can really score and shoot the ball from deep, wouldn't have been great value for the Grizzlies at pick 41 when they were both projected by many as first-rounders. What I see Franklin as currently is really cheap insurance in case something happens to Tony Allen. On another note, I can see comparing Franklin to Tony Allen and Kawhi Leonard on the defensive end, but comparing him to Leonard anywhere else is just a lazy comparison made because they went to the same school. They have VERY DIFFERENT skill-sets and personalities, and despite stats, Leonard was a much more polished shooter coming out of college. Again, I like Franklin as a player, and I think he has a bright future. I just didn't like the pick for the present. Maybe that's short-sided. Who knows? Only time will tell.

Although I don't necessarily like the way his game fits the Grizzlies, I certainly can't complain about his new nickname. That has to be the best thing about Franklin being a Grizzly so far. I'm sure that's one thing we can all agree on.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">@jasonlevien</a> said Jamaal Franklin has already been given a nickname, &#39;The Grindson&#39;, due to similarities to <a href="">@aa000G9</a> + defensive toughness.</p>&mdash; Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) <a href="">June 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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No matter what corner you stand in (like the pick or hate it), Franklin's natural athletic ability, talent, and potential are undeniable. The Grizzlies could have found themselves a valuable asset for the next decade to come. They certainly seem to think so. Go Griz!