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Report: Grizzlies reach three-year deal with second-round pick Franklin

Jul 25, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

Jamaal Franklin AP

Jamaal Franklin was a great second round pick by the Grizzlies, maybe the best athlete in the draft and a first round talent they got at No. 41.

The Grizzlies have locked him up with a three-year deal, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today. The deal is for basically the minimum (we don’t know what the guarantees there are for the first two years) and the third year is a team option.

Franklin played his college ball at San Diego State and he has prototypical size and athleticism for a wing in the NBA — 6’6” with a 6”11” wingspan. Combine that with his elite athleticism and you have a real potential NBA star.

As you would expect, Franklin is very good in in transition — he attacks the rim and after a few of his throw downs there may be calls for him to enter the dunk contest. He has real potential as a defender.

There’s just one, pretty glaring flaw — he’s a shooting guard who can’t shoot. He hit just 40.4 percent of his shots overall last season in college, and according to DraftExpress he shot just 21 percent on contested jumpers, 23 percent on catch-and-shoots.

Franklin is going to find it hard to find minutes with the wing depth already on the Grizzlies’ roster —Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter, Tony Allen, and now Mike Miller.

You can teach a guy to shoot if he wants to learn and put in the time. If that happens with Franklin the Grizzlies could have the steal of the draft. They are going to take a look at him for a couple years and see if they can make it happen.

  1. whereyaat - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    The way that team’s offense works, at least he’ll have time to learn how to shoot. Although his live-game shooting stinks, his FT percentage is around 79%, which is a sign that he’s capable of throwing up a decent shot.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    He has a chance to crack the rotation. You got Allen and Prince who don’t play typical heavy starter min. anyways, then to back them up you got Bayless and Miller. All it takes is for one injury (likely Miller) or to out-play Bayless (not too hard) and/or Pondexter (he’s a $$ anyways) and you got a shot. Yeah, there’s some initial hurdles, but it’s not like he’s on the Heat wingman depth chart.

  3. memphistigers311 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Only way he plays if because of injuries ahead of him or he starts shooting 56% from the field. New coach this year will see TA’s minutes increase. Tayshaun is a savy vet who is still above avg at least in regular season. Mike Miller will be used with the Heat blueprint; Sparingly in regular season, heavy in (healthy) for playoffs. This team is awesome as is and doesn’t need heavy minutes or strong wing play to make a good seed in playoffs. It’s all about the playoffs. We slid a backup PG in there as well without making a sound. I love this new management. Native Memphian 34 years.

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