Leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27, Nick Mancini will be profiling the top 20 players available. The Cleveland Cavaliers currently own pick Nos. 1, 19, 31 and 33. Follow Nick on Twitter @nickmance.
No. 19. Jamaal Franklin – San Diego State, Junior 6’-5”, SG
2013 stats – 17 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 apg
Stop me if you've heard this before; a super athletic wing prospect who is a great slasher and can get to the rim but lacks a consistent jumper. It seems like every year there are these types of players in the draft.
This year we have Jamaal Franklin out of San Diego St. Franklin is a 6'5" shooting guard who was probably playing out of position for the Aztecs; he primarily played the 3 in college. He was Mr. Everything for SDSU, too, maybe even a poor man's version of Indiana star Victor Oladipo.
Franklin's biggest asset is his athleticism; it's off the charts. He was almost SDSU's main source of offense as he led the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. He was great at getting himself and his teammates open looks and really is a jack-of-all-trades type of player. He is explosive getting to the rack and his slashing ability is something he can utilize at the next level.
As a projected 2-guard, he is an excellent rebounder, almost averaging a double-double. He can thank his long wingspan and leaping ability for that. He should have no problem translating that part of his game to the League.
Defensively, he is extremely versatile and has the traits to become an elite defender. Once again, his athleticism is just that good. He has the speed and quickness to stay with almost anyone. Potentially, if he works at it, he could be one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA.
If the Cavs select him, he has one of the top defensive coaches back at the helm to aid his progression. Now, while Franklin does almost everything well, the major flaw in his game is his jump shot; it isn’t pretty. And the weird thing is, he took a ton of jumpers.
Franklin found himself often forcing bad shots, which caused him to not be as efficient scoring the basketball as his talent would suggest. He needs to develop a respectable jumper or defenses will just dare him to shoot from long distance.
Franklin is another player who has a chance to be there when the Cavs select at 19. In some early mock drafts, I have seen the Cavs linked to him. But again, the Cavs need guys who can hit open shots. Franklin may very well develop an NBA-worthy shot, and if he does, could turn out to be a steal in this year's draft.
At 19, the Cavs may want to try and make that happen.
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