Former Aztec Jamaal Franklin Returning To China
Former San Diego State basketball standout Jamaal Franklin is signing a two-year, $4 million contract with the Sichuan Blue Whales.
Jamaal Franklin signs to play in China for two years.
After getting a look with some NBA teams, former San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin is returning to China. Franklin agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal with the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Franklin spent three years at San Diego State before foregoing his senior season and entering the NBA draft. In his freshman season he played sparingly as part of that 2011 team that made it to the Sweet Sixteen. His sophomore season he was thrust into the starting lineup and led the Aztecs back to the NCAA tourney on the way to being named Mountain West Player of the Year.
In his final year of college, his junior year, he averaged 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds.
The Memphis Grizzlies selected Franklin with the 11th pick in the second round (41st overall). During his rookie season he rarely found himself on the floor and rather spent a lot of time in the NBA Development League. A year later the Grizzlies waived him.
Most recently Franklin has found success in the Chinese Basketball Association. Last season, he nearly averaged a triple-double (33.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists) for Shanxi Zhongyu. He ended up with 11 triple-doubles and 27 double-doubles on the year.
This will be Franklin’s third stint in China and definitely his most lucrative. His new contract makes him one of the better paid players in China. As a comparison former BYU shooting guard Jimmer Fredette, who was named the Most Valuable Player last season, will be making an estimated $1.8 million for the next two years.