Jamaal Franklin

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Jamaal Franklin
Jamaal Franklin.jpg
Franklin playing for San Diego State
No. 11 – Shanxi Zhongyu
Position Shooting guard
League Chinese Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1991-07-21) July 21, 1991 (age 25)
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
Playing 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 Denver Nuggets
2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2015–2016 Shanxi Zhongyu (China)
2016 Brujos de Guayama (Puerto Rico)
2016–present Shanxi Zhongyu (China)
Career highlights and awards

Jamaal Franklin (born July 21, 1991)[1] is an American professional basketball player for Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). 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 (wide receiver and free safety), and track and field, where 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]

Zhejiang Lions (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] Over those 26 games, he averaged 28.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

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)[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] On July 13, 2015, he was waived by the Nuggets.[22]

Second stint in D-League and China (2015–2016)[edit]

On August 29, 2015, Franklin signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association,[23] but left the team before appearing in a game for them. On December 4, he was reacquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[24] On December 18, Franklin parted ways with the D-Fenders and signed with Chinese team Shanxi Zhongyu.[25] He dominated the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging incredible numbers during his time with Shanxi. In 19 games, he averaged a triple-double with 33.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 10.3 assists, in addition to 3.3 steals and 1.5 blocks.[26]

Brujos de Guayama (2016)[edit]

On April 5, 2016, Franklin signed with Brujos de Guayama of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[26] He left the team later that month after appearing in just four games.

Third stint in China/Second stint with Shanxi Zhongyu (2016–present)[edit]

In May 2016, Franklin re-signed with Shanxi Zhongyu for the 2016–17 season.[27]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
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.[28]

References[edit]

  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". sports-reference.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  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". InsideHoops.com. July 26, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2013-14 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League roster". NBA.com. June 30, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies waive Jamaal Franklin". InsideHoops.com. August 31, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jamaal Franklin signs with Chinese team". SanDiegoUnionTribune.com. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Zhejiang Guangsha sign Jamaal Franklin to replace Jonathan Gibson". Sportando.com. October 8, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jamaal Franklin of Guangsha could return to NBA in January". Sportando.com. November 26, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Regular Season Round 11: Chongqing FD - Guangsha L. 112-120". Eurobasket.com. November 26, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Former San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin scores 53 points in China". MWCConnection.com. November 26, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Jamaal Franklin leaves Chinese team Zhejiang Lions". Sportando.com. January 5, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "D-Fenders Acquire Jamaal Franklin". NBA.com. January 21, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ "D-Fenders Come Up Short Against Spurs". NBA.com. February 21, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Nuggets Sign Jamaal Franklin". NBA.com. April 12, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Faried scores 30 points, Nuggets beat Kings 122-111". NBA.com. April 12, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Nuggets Waive Jamaal Franklin". HoopsRumors.com. July 13, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Jamaal Franklin joins Guandong Tigers". Asia-basket.com. August 29, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  24. ^ "D-Fenders Acquire Jamaal Franklin". OurSportsCentral.com. December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Shanxi Zhongyu adds Franklin to their roster". Asia-basket.com. December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "Brujos firman a Jamaal Franklin". BSNPR.com (in Spanish). April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Jamaal Franklin signing one-year deal with Shanxi Zhongyu". Sportando.com. May 24, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  28. ^ 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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