Jamaal Franklin Picked by Memphis Grizzlies: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'Brien@@DanielO_BRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

Dec 1, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Jamaal Franklin (21) shoots a free throw during the game against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at the Honda Center. San Diego won 78-69.  Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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With the 41st pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Jamaal Franklin from San Diego State University. 

Here's everything you need to know about Franklin: 

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Franklin's physical attributes:

At 6'5'', Franklin plays a lot bigger than he really is. His athleticism is sickening. Franklin is a highlight waiting to happen, thanks to incredible hops, effortless mobility and long, active arms.

Physically, Franklin could add some bulk to his frame, but it hasn't been a problem for him at the college level. His ability to play above the rim allows him to compete among the trees who protect the paint and man the glass. 

Despite having the size of a shooting guard, Franklin is second in the Mountain West in rebounding. With an active motor, strong instincts and electric springs, he's capable of getting to loose balls at their highest points above the cylinder.


Getting to Know Jamaal Franklin

When you watch Franklin play an exciting, explosive brand of basketball, it's a reflection of his fun-loving personality. He had a couple of regrettable on-court confrontations during his San Diego State days, but those seemed like isolated incidents of a youngster.


NBA Player Comparison

Due to his tremendous 6'11" wingspan, Franklin's 6'5" height isn't much of an issue and he could potentially have a Kawhi Leonard type of impact.

On the other hand, he could struggle as an inefficient offensive weapon, as his basement is in the neighborhood of Luc Mbah a Moute.


Pro Predictions

Unless he demonstrates a significant upgrade in his shot-creation and advanced ball-handling skills, Franklin won't be a go-to NBA player.

What he has going for him is his defensive upside, athleticism and ability to influence the game by moving without the ball. As one of the better stoppers on his club, he'll earn minutes off the bench.

From there, Franklin's role will expand to that of a sixth man or even a starter.

It's up to him to maximize his potential and proactively carve out a role in the association.