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13. Jamaal Franklin
Franklin is finding his fair share of preseason minutes, averaging 20.7 per game. However, he's not making much of it, posting 6.3 points on 37.5 percent from the field and 4.3 rebounds per game while grabbing two steals.
Even though he likely won't be in the regular rotation, Franklin would help himself by shooting better. Hitting better than 40 percent in the preseason might give Dave Joerger a reason to play him a few minutes in games that matter.
The San Diego State product must improve a few aspects of his game, including his jump shot and ball-handling. After this month, Franklin's opportunities to show improvement will be solitary since his minutes will be sparse. His limited minutes will allow few attempts, forcing him to do almost all work in practice.
12. Nick Calathes
Calathes could be a helpful care-taking point guard. He has fine passing skills.
Playing time won't be great for the Florida product. A large portion of the point guard minutes will be consumed by Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless. Even though Bayless will play mostly alongside Conley, he'll see some time without the starter.
Hence, Calathes may not average double-digit minutes.
11. Jon Leuer
Leuer has been the star of the Grizzlies' preseason. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds against Maccabi Haifa after scoring 17 points against the Mavericks.
All that means for the regular season is that Joerger will feel more confident about playing the third year pro 15 minutes or more.
Leuer, who averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 74 games for three teams in his first two years, should settle in as a reliable emergency option at the 4 spot. His shooting (50.2 percent) is good enough to fill in gaps in the event that Zach Randolph or Ed Davis becomes injured.