ESPN's Ford: San Diego State shooting guard Jamaal Franklin to work out with Celtics this week
ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting Jamaal Franklin, a shooting guard from San Diego State, will work out for Boston this week.
Franklin has been out of commission for more than a month with an ankle injury, but he's finally cleared for workouts and had his first one on Monday with the Knicks and will work out with the Nets and Celtics later in the week. Franklin has been working on his jump shot over the past month, and it looked much improved in an impromptu Vegas workout a little more than a week ago. If he can shoot the ball well in workouts, he can still fly up the board.
The 6'5" wing averaged 16.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.2 apg in his junior year. Those numbers aren't bad for a college player, but as Jay King of Masslive.com points out, his jump shot needs work.
Scouts have real questions about Franklin's jump shot after he connected on just 42-150 3-pointers last season (28 percent), part of the reason why he's likely to last until the mid-first round.
Twenty-eight percent from three in college is atrocious. College players are playing against sub-par competition most of the year, or at least teams that don't put all of their focus on defense, so Franklin should have been getting some good looks. He was either getting totally mauled by the other team's defense night in and night out or we have another case of Josh Smith or Antoine Walker: Guys who swear they can shoot threes, but really shouldn't.
Who knows. Maybe he can adjust and become a legit shooter, but when Franklin's name first popped up it didn't make much sense. The Celtics need size or a backup point guard. They could use a wing, but only if he can score easily from anywhere on the court and Franklin seems to need to work on that.
This pick just seems like too much of a gamble. Chalk it up to the Celtics doing their due diligence on the guys who project to be around when Boston picks at 16.