Credit: Washington State Athletics

Robert Franks Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Robert Franks

Senior 6’9″ 225 Power Forward Wash. St. 22 Yrs. Old
21.6 ppg 7.2 rpg 2.6 apg FG: 49.3% 3 PT: 39.9%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 7’2″ 

NBA Comparison: Al-Farouq Aminu/Mike Scott

Strengths: Outside shooting, Size/Length, Pick and roll ability

Weaknesses: Lack of team success, Quickness, Strength

Franks started his career at Washington State without much production, averaging 2.2 points as a freshman, and 6.3 points as a sophomore not starting a single game in those seasons. The next two years were very different with Franks improving to 17.2 points as a junior, and 21.6 as a senior. The improvement could simply be attributed to his increased usage, but his ability to shoot the basketball is elite at his size, and it is something that you can tell he has worked very hard to get where he is today. As a senior he took 7 three point attempts per game, shooting those attempts at 39.9%, after 40.5% on 5.4 attempts last season. His shooting was on full display when he broke the Washington State record for three pointers in a game with 10 against California, as well as making 8 three’s against Oregon State as a senior. He has shown the ability to create his own shot, but in college he did most of his damage outside while coming off of a screen or in the pick and roll game. He is always ready to pull up, and his release is quick enough, which with size fits the modern NBA perfectly. Speaking of his size, standing at 6’9″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, his measurements are ideal for a stretch 4 who will primarily play on the wing. He is a strong free throw shooter, averaging over 80% in the past two seasons, getting to the line over 4 times per game. 

One question in his game will be the fact that despite being highly efficient and putting up numbers, his teams never had much success, in a relatively down Pac 12 during his college years. This can be a bit overblown in the evaluation process when you consider many NBA players did not play on great college teams, but it is something to take note of. His quickness and fluidity of moves is something that he will need to continue to work on, however it has been a focus of the workouts for Franks over the last year and a half. If he can improve somewhat in the quickness department, with his size and length he should be able to become an average defender at the next level. Coming into his freshman season, he was out of shape and did not have much strength, and while he has improved in that area it will need to continue as he attempts to play with some of the best athletes in the world. As an athlete and a jumper, he would not be considered in the top half of this draft class, however his length should help him in that area. 

In this clip you can see that he is not a great jumper, but he has the ability to throw a dunk down:

This short highlight gives you an idea of his ability to score in multiple ways:

We currently view Franks as a early to mid second round pick, and it would be a surprise if he fell to the late second round. With his size, length and offensive abilities, his game fits the NBA would should have many teams intrigued. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level stretch four, putting up above average numbers offensively. The worst case scenario for Franks would be that he is unable to score in the same way he has in college, which leads to him not being given significant minutes ending up as a bench player or heading overseas. 

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