Nets will work out prospect Jamaal Franklin

Jamaal Franklin

Jamaal Franklin (AP)

Franklin, a 6’5″ junior guard from San Diego State, averaged 16.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game this past season, shooting 40.4% from the field. He measured out at 191 pounds with a huge wingspan of 6’11.25″, but only shot 27.9% from beyond the three-point line this season.

Here’s what DraftExpress had to say about his game in April:

While playing primarily as a jack-of-all-trades combo forward for the Aztecs, Franklin projects to be a shooting guard at the NBA level, with good size for the position at 6’5”, to go along with a solid build and what appears to be a long wingspan. He also stacks up very well athletically, and should have an easier time than most NBA rookies adjusting to the NBA game from a physical standpoint.

Playing as San Diego State’s primary playmaker and shot-creator, Franklin carried a large load for the Aztecs as a junior, and he displayed tremendous versatility, leading the team in scoring, assists, rebounds, and steals per game.

His best asset, however, may be his outstanding motor, as he appears to be a great competitor, playing with major intensity and toughness on both ends of the floor.

This is on display on the offensive end, as he always seems to be in attack-mode, using his quick first step and aggressiveness to make his way towards the basket in transition and in the half-court, where he’s able to finish effectively at the rim and get to the free throw line at a high rate.

Despite his strong scoring instincts and ability to create off the bounce, Franklin struggles to score efficiently (48 2P%, 28% 3P% as a junior), as he too often settles for long range jumpers and difficult shot attempts. He also turns the ball over a high rate (4 times per-40), as his aggressive mentality causes him to over-penetrate and get a bit out of control at times.

Some of this may be attributed to a large burden he carried for the Aztecs offensively, but he’ll need to play more within himself and show better decision-making in order to find a role at the NBA level, where he’d likely be more of an opportunistic scorer.

DraftExpress has Franklin projected as the 21st pick in the draft. The Nets pick 22nd.

Comments

  1. I’ve seen Franklin play and I think his game is similar to Gerald Wallace, Kawhi Leonard & Tony Allen. Once he reaches his prime, he has the potential to be an All-NBA team defender. He is 6’5″ but he has a near-7 foot wingspan so he could probably play SF at times, he might need to bulk up though. Excellent defense & rebounding, could score the ball but wouldn’t really be a huge option for Brooklyn. Played very well in the NCAA Tournament. I could see the Nets taking him at #22 and he’d be a good fit but I think they could do better with a proficient 3-point shooting athletic SF in UNC’s Reggie Bullock or go big with Kansas C Jeff Withey. If they believe C.J. Watson will decline his player option, they could also pick the nation’s leading scorer in Virginia Tech PG Erick Green.