Mar 24, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Jamaal Franklin (21) shoots a jump shot over the defense of Florida Gulf Coast Eagles forward Filip Cvjeticanin (15) during the second half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Grizzlies Draft Jamaal Franklin with 41st Pick

With the 41st pick of the NBA draft, the Memphis Grizzlies take Jamaal Franklin.

The bad news is that Jamaal Franklin is not a particularly good 3-point shooter, hitting only 33% of his threes from the College line last season. That said, Franklin is a great passer, havoc creator in transition, and defender. Having the kind of player who can move the floor in interesting ways is important for the Grizzlies.

I can’t pretend I’m not disappointed that the Grizz didn’t take Southerland. Why take a player who’s skill set the Grizz have a lot of, instead of someone who can fill an immediate need?

It’s possible that the Grizz are trying to replicate Rudy Gay on a budget with Franklin, a move that I consider a mistake, for the same reason that holding onto Rudy would have been a mistake. It’s also obviously possible that Franklin gets traded.

Either way, while he may not fill a hole, and while he may not play at all, he could be playable immediately. He has a solid, usable skill set.

Some stats:

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/51842/jamaal-franklin

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Jamaal-Franklin-17500/

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