The Charlotte Hornets signed forward Robert Franks to a two-way contract yesterday, as announced by Hornets general manager, Mitch Kupchak. Franks, an undrafted rookie out of Washington State, will look to develop in the G-League for the Greensboro Swarm during the majority of his rookie season. According to NBA.com, “NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.”
Franks seals one of the Hornets two two-way contracts and will look to develop in the G-League for the Greensboro Swarm. Franks is a lights out three-point shooter and will look to continue to improve his game during his rookie season. The undrafted rookie out of Washington State has only played nine total minutes through three summer league games in Las Vegas but shall look to see increased playing time as Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, and Devonte’ Graham will likely play less as summer league progresses.
Getting to know Robert Franks
Robert Franks is a perfect modern NBA scoring forward. Measuring 6’9″ and weighing in at 225 pounds, he is the perfect size for the modern NBA. Franks is a pure shooter and scores the ball with ease. A four-year player at Washington State, Franks averaged 21.6 PPG, 7.2 REB, and 2.6 AST while shooting an impressive 49 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. He has a very high release on his jump shot which helps him excel as laser spot-up shooter. Last season Robert Franks was 2018-’19 All-Pac-12 as well as the 2017-’18 Pac-12’s Most Improved Player. In his junior year, he improved from 6.3 PPG to 17.4 PPG, shooting 48 percent from the field and over 40 percent from three.
Who should get Charlotte’s final two-way contract?
The Robert Franks two-way signing indicates that either Jalen McDaniels or Cody Martin will likely receive the Hornets’ second two-way contract. The Hornets have 13 of their 15 roster slots filled as of now, and I expect Cody Martin to fill one of the remaining two roster spots and for Jalen McDaniels to get the second and final two-way contract for the Hornets this season.
Jalen McDaniels is a raw and undersized big at 6’9″/192 pounds with high upside if he develops correctly. He has the potential to be a versatile forward with his impressive ball-handling and playmaking ability for a guy that played the center position at times at San Diego State. If his skills are polished he could be a three-and-D forward with extraordinary athleticism that could help him be a rim runner and protector. The G-League, playing for the Greensboro Swarm, will be the perfect place for a raw talent like McDaniels to play. He needs to bulk up that 192-pound lanky frame and can fill out in Greensboro during his rookie season. McDaniels has not seen extensive playing time or much success thus far in summer league, but he was one of the most intriguing prospects coming out of the draft due to his raw talent and pure athleticism.
Cody Martin already has the defensive skills to have an immediate impact in NBA games and the chance of losing out of Jalen McDaniels without signing him to a two-way deal is not worth it. The Hornets would be smart to secure Martin on the team’s regular season roster and sign McDaniels to a two-way.