Jamaal Franklin was Mr. Everything for San Diego State last year. He led the team in points (17.0), rebounds (9.5), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) and in two years he surpassed 1000 points, 500 rebounds and 150 assists.
After doing damage at the college level he decided to enter the 2013 NBA Draft where the Memphis Grizzlies snagged him up in the second round, 41st overall. Many thought Franklin had the potential to be first round talent but maybe needed another year in school.
Instead he went in the second round and he now has the opportunity with the Grizzlies to slowly work into the rotation and carve out a niche in this league.
He currently sits third on the depth chart at shooting guard behind Tony Allen and Mike Miller, but he is also a good enough rebounder to play small forward and work behind Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter.
You can certainly expect Franklin to see minutes right away. Miller will have his minutes limited throughout the regular season in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, just like the last few years. And there is always the potential for injury as Pondexter was only able to appear in 59 games last year.
But what can you expect from Franklin with this playing time? He is an excellent rebounder for his size (pulled down 9.5 per game while standing at only 6-foot-5). He struggles with his outside shot (28 percent last year from three), but he can score in a variety of ways. He can put the ball on the floor and get to the free throw line. He also has a knack of setting up teammates and is a solid defender because of his length on the wing.
Opportunities will be there for Franklin; it’s now just a matter of if he will prove he should have been a first round pick.