Jamaal Franklin Could Be the Steal of the 2013 NBA Draft

By Trevor Lowry
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Franklin will be entering the 2013 NBA Draft. Although he could have returned for one more season at San Diego State, he has the talent to succeed at the next level and could very well be the steal of the draft.

Franklin could very easily be a lottery pick in the draft, but that is just up to the team that wants to pick him up that soon.

On the season, Franklin averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Not too shabby for a 6’5” guard. With that, it would be very easy to argue that Franklin is one of the best rebounding guards in the draft.

He will have to work on his shot, since he will be a shooting guard at the next level and he did average just 28 percent from behind the arc. The thing that makes Franklin so special is the fact that when he is not knocking down shots, he can at least make an impact on the defensive side of the ball and grab rebounds.

For whatever reason, his shooting numbers went down from his sophomore year to his junior season, and that is something that he will have to increase, but will have plenty of time to work on.

It is very impressive to note that Franklin also averaged 3.3 assists per game, so he led his team in points, rebounds and assists. That is something that usually does not happen. Franklin can really do it all and whatever team that picks him up, will be getting a great player that could be the steal of this year’s draft.


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