Jamaal Franklin (born July 21, 1991) [2] 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

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. [3] 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. [3]

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. [3]

College career

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. [3]

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 [4] and was recognized nationally as an All-American by the Associated Press. [5]

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. [6]

On April 12, 2013, Franklin announced he would forgo his senior season to enter the NBA draft. [7]

Professional career

Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2014)

On June 27, 2013, Franklin was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013 NBA draft. [8] On July 26, 2013, he signed with the Grizzlies despite not appearing for them in the 2013 NBA Summer League. [9] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. [10]

In July 2014, Franklin joined the Grizzlies for the 2014 NBA Summer League. [2] On August 31, 2014, he was waived by the Grizzlies. [2]

Zhejiang Lions (2014–2015)

On October 7, 2014, Franklin signed a two-month contract with the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. [2] [2] On November 26, 2014, he signed a one-month contract extension with the Lions. [2] Later that day, he scored 53 points on 19-of-29 shooting in Zhejiang's 120-112 win over the Chongqing Flying Dragons. [2] [2] On January 5, 2015, he left Zhejiang after appearing in 26 games. [2] 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)

On January 21, 2015, Franklin was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League. [2] On February 21, he had a season-best game with 27 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the Austin Spurs. [2]

Denver Nuggets (2015)

On April 12, 2015, Franklin signed with the Denver Nuggets. [21] 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. [22] On July 13, 2015, he was waived by the Nuggets. [23]

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

On August 29, 2015, Franklin signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, [24] but left the team before appearing in a game for them. On December 4, he was reacquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders. [25] On December 18, Franklin parted ways with the D-Fenders and signed with Chinese team Shanxi Zhongyu. [26] 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. [27]

Brujos de Guayama (2016)

On April 5, 2016, Franklin signed with Brujos de Guayama of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional. [27] He left the team later that month after appearing in just four games.

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

In May 2016, Franklin re-signed with Shanxi Zhongyu for the 2016–17 season. [28]

NBA career statistics

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

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

Franklin is the cousin of platinum music producer, Hit-Boy. [29]