2013 NBA Draft: Memphis Grizzlies Steal Jamaal Franklin at Number 41

By Ryan Heckman

Believe it or not, there were actually a few picks that stood still tonight and weren’t dealt away. With the 41st overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies took San Diego State shooting guard Jamaal Franklin. They appear to want to hang onto him — and I would agree.

Franklin spent some time backing up current San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard at San Diego State and last season had his best season yet. In 2012, Franklin averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

With the Grizzlies having to figure out what will come of free agent guard Tony Allen — one of the league’s premier defenders — Franklin is a good pick here. He is definitely a scorer first, which could work out well for Memphis. They have tons of defense already and could use a scorer on the wing.

At one point, Franklin was deemed a late first round pick, so to grab him at 41 is huge for Memphis. The reason for him dropping on draft boards were likely to do maturity issues, but the talent is there.

The biggest weakness Franklin is going to have to work on is his three point shooting. He shot under 30 percent from beyond the arc last year which is less than desirable at the two guard spot. He does, however, make up for that in other areas. Franklin can get to the hoop and finish, which in the NBA, can be just as valuable as the three ball.

One of the great aspects of Franklin’s game is his ability to rebound. Averaging nearly 10 rebounds per game last season as a shooting guard, Franklin proved his versatility. He brings quite a bit of athleticism as well, which is alway something to get excited about.

The Grizzlies made out very nicely with this second round selection and I am sure the team can’t wait to have Franklin join him. He will have something to prove, having dropped this far, which could prove to be beneficial for the Grizzlies.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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