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Jerami Grant - SF/PF, 6'8, 210
Oklahoma City Thunder - Acquired via trade in November 2016
       Date of birth: 03/12/1994
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 39th pick, 2014
     Out of: Syracuse
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right




Date
League
Transaction
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 39th overall by Philadelphia.
29th September, 2014 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed four year, $3,761,705 contract with Philadelphia. Included team option for 2017/18.
1st November, 2016 NBA Traded by Philadelphia to Oklahoma City in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova and a protected 2020 first round pick.
27th June, 2017 NBA Oklahoma City exercised 2017/18 team option.
When: Where:
2012 - 2014 Syracuse (NCAA)
July 2014 Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League)
June 2014 - November 2016 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
November 2016 - present Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 3: NCAA Small Forwards
2014-06-18



Jerami Grant gets on well with his teammates.


Jerami Grant, Syracuse, Sophmore, 6'8 210lbs

2013/14 stats: 31.4 mpg, 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.2 TOpg, 2.3 fpg, 49.6% FG, 0% 3PT, 67.4% FT


Grant fell down boards, despite his athletic prowess, on account of not having one go-to facet of his game. His biggest virtue is looking the part - very athletic, long and wiry strong, he has what would be an ideal small forward's body type. But as it is, he's a power forward through and through.

Grant is a very poor shooter who also displays little handle on the ball. He has body control and likes a spin move, but the ball doesn't always come with him when he performs it. A long way short of being a small forward, Grant is not even close to being a regularly effective face-up power forward at this stage. Nor indeed are his skills as a traditional paint power forward all that much more advanced. Grant rarely posts and looks unready when he does, and offensively is a finisher at best.

What he does however bring are the unmissable physical tools, and an idea of how to use them regardless of the limitations of his skill set. Grant runs the floor on offense and finishes well at the rim, and also cuts to the rim in timely fashion to finish without having to handle too much. He can sneak through gaps with great body control, and also can do the one or two dribbles necessary to get to the rim past slow or overplaying defenders, where again he can finish explosively. The defensive end is the one where he is set to thrive - disruptive and committed, Grant can stay in front of wing players and does a fairly good job of bodying up opposing power forwards like himself. He needs some more weight, but that will come.

Grant looks a pro, and surely will be. There's a long way to go yet, but then again, what's the rush?

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   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Jerami Grant
SF/PF, 6’8, 210lbs, 23 years old, 3 years of experience

Having traded a first round pick for him, however protected it may be, Grant responded to this endorsement by putting up a somewhat worse season than the one prior. It is hard to project Grant as a player. He is not a handler, he is not historically a shooter (although the 37.7% three-point shooting on a .367 three-point rate with the Thunder last season is a good sign of progression here), he does not stand out as a rebounder, and while he finishes well at the rim, he mostly gets there with cuts. Most importantly, while his projection is mostly on the defensive end, he is stuck between positions, defending power forwards better than wing players yet limited as a power forward by the rebounding. Grant has made improvements, not only in the shooting but also in the much improved turnover rates, yet that improvement has partly come through doing less and less offensively, which in turn pigeon holes him as a player, and it’s a weird pigeon hole.

Player Plan: One more year at the minimum salary via a team option that has not been exercised at the time of writing, but should be. Exercising the option eschews restricted free agency, but that’s OK. Hard to find a role for Grant on this team, but with the price paid to acquire him, one ought to be found. He can at least shoot now.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 17th November 2017
2017-11-17

Featured a couple of times on this list already, Grant continues to improve, recording his fourth career double-double in a hefty win over the Bulls, and averaging 23.5 fantasy points over his last six games. On a team still struggling to figure out how to distribute the ball optimally amongst the three alphas who want a significant share of it, Grant, as a proud beta, is very valuable. His cuts, runs, dives and pick-and-roll game coincide nicely with the options around him, as well as also being a keen rebounder and free-roaming defender, all of which come together to make for a valuable fantasy contributor who should not be this cheap.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 9th November 2017
2017-11-09

For a slightly higher price than Anunoby comes the slightly higher production of Grant, who has become a consistent bench performer and important rotational piece. Exploring the space his star team mates open up, Grant is averaging 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, rising to 11.5 points over his last four outings. The risk with most players in this price range is that they might have nights of nothing at all, but Grant has yet to do that, and is underpriced for what he brings.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 7th November 2017
2017-11-07

Over the last seven games, Grant has only once dipped below a return of 18.8 fantasy points; this was a 15.4 outing in which he recorded 11 points, 2 rebounds and a block. It is also true that he has not recorded any more than 28.8 points in any game during that time (17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), but if you want an unspectacular but steady and reliably good value cheap contributor rather than the high variance of a featured scorer, then Grant or Anderson is your small forward pick.

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