After spending time in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for more than a month, rookie shooting guard Jamaal Franklin is back with the Grizzlies. He was recalled earlier today. Via InsideHoops.com:
Franklin (6-5, 191) recorded 17.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.69 steals on .475 shooting (.418 3FG shooting) in 29.0 minutes in 13 games after he was re-assigned to Fort Wayne on Feb. 26.
Judging by his stats, Franklin clearly benefited from his time with the Mad Ants and played well enough for the Grizzlies to want him back on their traveling squad. The Grizzlies are still fairly deep at the shoot guard position, but they could always use more 3-point shooting, which is an area of his game that he excelled at while with the Mad Ants. He’s also pretty solid defensively, judging by the number of steals he gets. Maybe we’ll see the Grizzlies use him in certain situations to stretch the floor, knock down some threes, and play some defense on the perimeter.
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