Fifth in a series of profiles of potential Celtics draft choices.
We’re continuing our Celtics draft preview with a profile of San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin. We’ll preview the best fits for the Celtics up until the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Boston owns the No. 16 pick.
Height, weight: 6-4, 191 pounds
Last played: San Diego State
2012-13 stats: 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds (!!!), 28 percent shooting on 3-pointers
DraftExpress.com projection: No. 21 pick
Strengths: Rebounding, size, toughness, versatility
Weaknesses: Long-range shooting, lack of position
Skinny: Franklin is a combination inside-outside player who is always in attack mode. He led his team in points, rebounds, assists, and steals as a junior. His rebounding numbers are insane for someone his size. His shooting and efficiency numbers, however, leave something to be desired.
The Celtics hoped to work out Franklin this week, but an ankle injury may keep him from working out before the draft. A guard with size is valuable, but a guard without a position is something they seem to have too many of. You can watch Franklin knock down jumpers in a workout in the video below. Maybe there’s something they can work with there.