Jamaal Franklin

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Jamaal Franklin
Jamaal Franklin.jpg
Franklin playing for San Diego State
No. 22 – Denver Nuggets
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-07-21) July 21, 1991 (age 24)
Moreno Valley, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school Serrano (Phelan, California)
Westwind Prep (Phoenix, Arizona)
College San Diego State (2010–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2014 Memphis Grizzlies
2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2014–2015 Zhejiang Lions (China)
2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2015–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards

Jamaal Franklin (born July 21, 1991)[1] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He played college basketball for San Diego State, where he was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year as well as an All-American in his junior season.

High school career[edit]

Franklin played four years at Serrano High School in Phelan, California, then played a prep season at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. As a senior at Serrano, he led the state of California in scoring at 31.7 points per game and was a two-time All-California Interscholastic Federation selection. In his season at Westwind, he averaged 18.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.[2] Franklin was rated as the 24th-best shooting guard in the class of 2009 coming out of Serrano High School and had an ESPN.com grade of 90. Out of high school, Franklin was offered to play basketball at Long Beach State University and San Diego State University.[2]

Franklin played three different sports at Serrano High School: basketball, football, and track and field. He played wide receiver and free safety for the Serrano Diamondbacks. For track and field, he was a state high jumper.[2]

College career[edit]

Franklin enrolled at San Diego State to play for coach Steve Fisher. As a freshman, he was part of arguably the best season in school history, along with teammates Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas, as the Aztecs went 34-3 and captured a #2 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Franklin averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game.[2]

In his sophomore campaign, Franklin was thrust into the starting lineup as the Aztecs returned only one starter. He responded by averaging 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game and leading the Aztecs to an unexpected shared regular-season title and a #6 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Franklin was named Mountain West player of the year[3] and was recognized nationally as an All-American by the Associated Press.[4]

Franklin resisted the lure of the professional ranks and returned to San Diego State in 2012–13 for his junior season. He went on to average 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds in 32 games.[5]

On April 12, 2013, Franklin announced he would forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2014)[edit]

On June 27, 2013, Franklin was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013 NBA draft.[7] On July 26, 2013, he signed with the Grizzlies despite not appearing for them in the 2013 NBA Summer League.[8] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.[9]

In July 2014, Franklin joined the Grizzlies for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[10] On August 31, 2014, he was waived by the Grizzlies.[11]

China (2014–2015)[edit]

On October 7, 2014, Franklin signed a two-month contract with the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.[12][13] On November 26, 2014, he signed a one-month contract extension with the Lions.[14] Later that day, he scored 53 points on 19-of-29 shooting in Zhejiang's 120-112 win over the Chongqing Flying Dragons.[15][16] On January 5, 2015, he left Zhejiang after appearing in 26 games.[17]

Los Angeles D-Fenders (2015)[edit]

On January 21, 2015, Franklin was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.[18] On February 21, he had a season-best game with 27 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the Austin Spurs.[19]

Denver Nuggets (2015–present)[edit]

On April 12, 2015, Franklin signed with the Denver Nuggets.[20] He made his debut for the team later that day, recording one rebound and one assist in a 122-111 win over the Sacramento Kings.[21]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2013–14 Memphis 21 0 7.7 .410 .455 1.000 1.1 .3 .2 .1 1.9
2014–15 Denver 3 0 4.4 .500 .500 .000 .7 1.0 .0 .3 1.0
Career 24 0 7.3 .415 .462 1.000 1.0 .4 .2 .1 1.8


2014 Memphis 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .500 .5 .0 .0 .0 .5
Career 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .500 .5 .0 .0 .0 .5

Personal life[edit]

Franklin is the cousin of platinum music producer, Hit-Boy.[22]


  1. ^ "2012-13 SDSU men's basketball prospectus" (PDF). SDSU Athletics. 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jamaal Franklin bio". SDSU Athletics. 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Zeigler, Mark (March 17, 1989). "Franklin, Fisher claim top MW honors". U-T San Diego. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Two Mountain West Players Receive Associated Press All-America Honors". Mountain West Conference. 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jamaal Franklin Stats
  6. ^ "Jamaal Franklin to leave SDSU early for NBA draft". Fox Sports. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Grizzlies active in 2nd round of draft, take San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin with 41st pick". FoxNews.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ Memphis Grizzlies sign second round draft pick Jamaal Franklin
  9. ^ 2013-14 NBA Assignments
  10. ^ Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster
  11. ^ Memphis Grizzlies waive Jamaal Franklin
  12. ^ Jamaal Franklin signs with Chinese team
  13. ^ Zhejiang Guangsha sign Jamaal Franklin to replace Jonathan Gibson
  14. ^ Jamaal Franklin of Guangsha could return to NBA in January
  15. ^ Regular Season Round 11: Chongqing FD - Guangsha L. 112-120
  16. ^ Former San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin scores 53 points in China
  17. ^ Jamaal Franklin leaves Chinese team Zhejiang Lions
  18. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Jamaal Franklin
  19. ^ D-Fenders Come Up Short Against Spurs
  20. ^ Nuggets Sign Jamaal Franklin
  21. ^ Faried scores 30 points, Nuggets beat Kings 122-111
  22. ^ Lund, Spencer (August 13, 2013). "THE 2013 NBA ROOKIE MIX-TAPE: KENDRICK LAMAR, JAY-Z, DRAKE, A$AP ROCKY & MORE". DimeMag.com. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 

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