The Indiana Pacers continue to pour through the list of names for the selection they want to make with the No. 23 NBA draft pick on June 27. It’s not going to be easy, but the Pacers realize there’s still some good talent that will be available when it’s their turn.
In the mix is an excellent 21-year-old shooting guard from San Diego State, whom many draft experts are convinced could turn into an NBA star. Jamaal Franklin.
The Pacers found out deep into the playoffs that they didn’t have the bench strength that was necessary to compete for an NBA title. Obviously, the franchise is as determined as ever to have a strong bench and that will start with a good draft. Players like Franklin will add some very valuable assets to the guard position. He’s coming off a strong career at San Diego State.
Franklin’s credentials are rather impressive considering that last season, he averaged 33.1 minutes, 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, 28 percent in three-pointers and 78.6 percent in free throws.
What the Pacers and other draft experts like about Franklin is that he rebounds very well, has excellent ability to get to the basket, has long arms and is explosive as a leaper.
Franklin has emerged in the draft so much so that the one fear the Pacers have is that he would not be available when they pick No. 23. There’s a good chance he won’t be. But if he is available, the Pacers should take him.