One name that has popped up on a bunch of draft lists involving the Portland Trail Blazers that will come as a surprise to many is Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, as the No. 10 overall pick in the NBA draft. Most observers are thinking Franklin will go in the first round, but much later than No. 10.
Why would the Trail Blazers pick Franklin?
A shooting guard wold actually help the Trail Blazers’ situation and be a complement to some of their other outstanding players. He’s projected to go anywhere from nine to 30, depending on the mock draft you’re looking at. As a shooting guard, he averaged 33.1 minutes a game and averaged 41.3 percent from the floor, 28 percent in threes and 78.6 percent at the free-throw line. But his numbers are impressive at 17 points, 3.3 assists and 9.5 rebounds a game. Franklin is a junior and perhaps should have used his final year of eligibility in college to gain more maturity.
But right now, Franklin considers himself as a solid player who will want to reward whichever team drafts him with a tremendous effort every game. Can he be that key consistent player that would spark the Blazers?
It’s expected to be an unexpected draft full of many surprises. This could be one of them. If the Trail Blazers feel they need a shooting guard and Franklin is the best one left, they may have to make a trade to make sure they get him. He’s got the talent to fit in to what the Blazers have right now.