We continue our look at the prospects available in this summer’s NBA Draft and their potential fit with the Boston Celtics. San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin will surely be an attractive name for teams picking in the bottom half of the first round.
He is currently a junior for the Aztecs, but indications are that people around the program expect him to declare for the draft. He is an extremely athletic player and has helped put the program back on the national map. Steve Fisher’s teams have gained great recognition over the past few years and Franklin has played a vital role in that.
He averaged 17 points and almost 10 rebounds per game this past season, and is clearly a guy that has some nice upside for the next level.
Franklin had a decent NCAA Tournament a couple weeks ago and really did nothing to damage his draft stock. He would be a nice fit for the Celtics next year. He is only 21 and as mentioned, still has a lot of room to grow as a basketball player. No one will question his athleticism — that is the tool that has got him to this point and it is something he can always hang his hat on.
His jump shot and ball handling need improvement, but there is no reason why Franklin can’t get better once he gets to the NBA. He would be a nice developmental prospect for the Celtics and they might even have to trade up a few spots to secure his services.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18