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With the 41st pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies selected 6’5 guard Jamaal Franklin. Franklin averaged 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game in his junior year at San Diego State. He is a defensive-minded guard known for his excellent athleticism, restless tenacity, and athletic ability. A knock on Franklin’s game is his suspect jumper, as his shooting percentage declined each season in college, and he shot a mere .280 from the arc as a junior. The Grizzlies had reportedly been targeting Franklin all along, and jumped on the chance to pick him when he fell to 41.

Does he sound a bit like someone we know? Let us know how y’all feel about the pick in the comments section!

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6 Responses to With the 41st Pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select: Jamaal Franklin

  1. chriskf1No Gravatar says:

    I really like the Jamaal Franklin pick… but not the writing on the wall that comes with the pick.

    Franklin does, in fact, remind me very much of a young Tony Allen. And in about 3 weeks, when the Grizz offer TA a contract that is slightly above the league average of what an over-30 guard with a 13.3 PER gets paid, but lose him to another team who offers TA a contract befitting a defensive POY candidate, the Brilliant Jason Levien will undoubtedly reference how much Jamaal Franklin reminds HIM of a young Tony Allen, as well.

    But the pick was an undeniably fantastic value at 41.

  2. CarlCRNo Gravatar says:

    He may be a defensive specialist prospect but I thought the Grizzlies needed good perimeter shooters to open up the offense. Where will they come from?

    • MemphishNo Gravatar says:

      There are still a good amount of decent shooters and players that went undrafted. Snaer out of FSU or Dellavedova out of St.Mary’s could be good pick ups if we could get either one. Also Southerland went undrafted and we seemed to like him.

    • chriskf1No Gravatar says:

      I expect Team Levien will pursue one of the 3pt specialists — Korver, Martin, Reddick — with the cap space they’ll have available after TA rejects their underwhelming offer and signs with Contender X… although Bayless opting-in (as is now being reported) may mess that plan up a bit.

      • MemphishNo Gravatar says:

        I mean, if you want to by into conspiracy theories then yes. Ho0wever that is making the assumption that they won’t do everything they can to keep TA and that TA doesn’t want to be here, which is a bit unbelievable. We’ll have to see.

        • chriskf1No Gravatar says:

          For Team Levien to do “everything they can” would fly in the face of everything he has ever said he stands for and every move he has made to date. I expect them to make TA an offer higher than they would any other SG with a PER of <14 who is on the wrong side of 30. But they're not going to over-pay and I expect other teams to make a much larger offer to TA based on everything he brings to the table that may not show up in advanced metrics.

          I sincerely believe Tony Allen will give Memphis a hometown discount… but he can only be expected to go so far if the difference between what Levien's spreadsheet says and what others offer is too great.

          If you want to call that a conspiracy, so be it…

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