Through seven games, the Memphis Grizzlies have yet to get back to the style of play we were used to seeing from them a year ago. Usually a hard-nosed and efficient club, the Grizzlies are 3-4 and still searching for a rhythm.
One area I could see a change coming in would be with rookie shooting guard Jamaal Franklin. The 41st overall pick in this year’s draft has not played significant minutes just yet this year, but what he has shown in the few minutes on the court has been worth noting.
Franklin is a guy that can shoot the ball, first and foremost. With the Grizzlies struggling offensively, he might be able to help put more points on the board. The Grizzlies are currently 22nd in the league in scoring.
Also being a consistent rebounder, Franklin could contribute in that area as well. Only a shooting guard, Franklin has the ability to rip down boards better than a lot of guys his size. At 6’5”, the way he goes after rebounds has been impressive both in the preseason and the few minutes he’s played in the regular season.
Three of the Grizzlies’ perimeter players who are receiving more minutes at the moment all have lower PER’s than Franklin — the worst coming from backup shooting guard Nick Calathes at just 1.0. Franklin has a higher PER — 13.1 — than Calathes, Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter. In fact, Franklin’s PER nearly outweighs all three of them combined (14.9).
With the way Franklin has played and how hard he has played in his spare minutes, the Grizzlies and head coach David Joerger would be wise to consider giving him some more time on the floor. Franklin would contribute both offensively and in the rebounding department.