Jerami Grant
Jerami Grant
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After spending the majority of his career as a reserve, Grant finally received an opportunity to start for a Thunder team last year that didn't have much depth. He ended up averaging 32.7 minutes per game, which was nearly six more minutes per night than his career mark. While his numbers weren't off the charts, he was productive with averages of 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.3 blocks. This season, he finds himself in a much different situation as a member of a Nuggets team that has significant depth at forward and center. Immediately ahead of Grant is Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic and Will Barton. Still, Grant's three-position upside should afford him a healthy floor of reserve minutes, likely in the low-20s. His true potential lies in whether he can outshine the likes of Mason Plumlee, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $27.35 million contract with the Thunder in July of 2018. Traded to the Nuggets in July of 2019. Contract includes $9.35 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Houston Jerami Grant was born in Portland, Oregon in 1994. He is the son of Harvey and Beverly Grant. Harvey, also known as "The General", played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Bullets, Trail Blazers and 76ers. Grant's uncle, Horace Grant, played in the NBA for 17 seasons. Jerami has three brothers. He is a big Washington Redskins fan and enjoys listening to Kendrick Lamar. Grant leads the Hour Generation Foundation, which assists inner city kids and single parents. Follow the forward on Instagram and Twitter (@jeramigrant).

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Grant spent two seasons under coach John Beiheim as a bouncy wing at the corner for the famed 2-3 Orange zone. As a freshman, the 6-foot-8 Grant started nine of 40 games. His starts were almost exclusively in February during the Orange's last season in the Big East. Grant played all 40 minutes in a win over Notre Dame and contributed 14 points and six rebounds. Syracuse advanced to the Final Four and Grant played a supporting role in the five games in the NCAA Tournament. He started 20 games as a sophomore despite opening the season coming off the bench. By conference play, the forward was entrenched as a starter and had six of his seven double-doubles. On the season, he averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. The Orange were bounced from their first ACC Tournament despite 19 points and 10 rebounds from Grant. After his sophomore season, Grant declared that he would give up two years of eligibility and go pro. Grant was selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

To decline $9.3M player option
FDenver Nuggets
October 15, 2020
Grant will decline his $9.3 million player option for next season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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This should come as no surprise, as Grant will look to capitalize on a strong finish to the postseason -- he posted 26, 17 and 20 points, respectively, in the final three games of the conference finals against the Lakers. Grant should command a fairly significant raise, but it remains to be seen whether the Nuggets -- who have interest in bringing him back -- will be willing to match his price. Per Charania, Phoenix, Detroit and Dallas are among the teams expected to show interest.
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In his fifth season in the league and third with Oklahoma City, Grant broke through with an outstanding 2018-19 campaign. After serving as a reserve throughout most of his career, Grant started 77 of the 80 contests in which he played season, logging a career-high 32.7 minutes per game. Not surprisingly, the increase in minutes led to a slew of career per-game bests, including points (13.6), rebounds (5.2) and three-pointers (1.4). Grant also excelled on the defensive end, averaging 1.3 blocks per game, tied for 26th in the league. Grant's success wasn't all about volume. He also achieved career highs in three-point percentage (39.2) and free-throw percentage (71.0) while notching the second-best field-goal percentage of his career (49.7). The versatile veteran played his best basketball at the end of the regular season, averaging 18.8 points and 3.0 treys per game in five April contests. In the finale against Milwaukee on April 10, Grant racked up a season-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-8 from deep. He followed the strong finish with a solid all-around effort in Oklahoma City's first-round playoff series against Portland. Despite the Thunder's five-game exit, Grant averaged a robust 35.2 minutes per game in the series, posting per-game averages of 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He was also effective from deep, making 9-of-20 shots from downtown.

2017

In his first full season in Oklahoma City, Grant was a steady presence across 81 games of action. He started just once but averaged a healthy 20.3 minutes per game as a key member of the rotation for a playoff team. The Syracuse product averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting a robust 53.5 percent from the field, which marked a new career-high mark for him. Grant also set a new career-high mark by making 67.5 percent of his attempts from the free-throw line. He did most of his damage from inside the arc, as Grant shot a career-low 1.4 3-pointers per game. Defensively, Grant blocked at least one shot per game for the fourth straight year to begin his career. He scored a season-high 20 points in a win over Atlanta on March 13. It was an all-around strong performance for Grant that night, as he also grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots and recorded two steals. Grant continued to produce in the playoffs, going for 13 points and six rebounds in Game 2 of an eventual first-round loss to Utah.

2016

In his third NBA season, Grant spent time with both the 76ers and Thunder, appearing in 80 combined games. He began the season in Philadelphia, where he saw action in two contests, totaling 41 minutes. On Nov. 1, Grant was traded to the Thunder for Ersan Ilyasova and a first-round pick. He went on to make 78 appearances for Oklahoma City, posting averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 block in 19.1 minutes per game. The Syracuse product scored in double-figures nine times and recorded a season-high 15 points on two separate occasions. He hit 37.7 percent of his three-point attempts, including 43.1 percent of his looks from the corners. In a win over the Knicks on Feb. 15, Grant scored 13 points to go with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench. He pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against the Clippers on Jan. 16 and matched that total on April 11 in Minnesota. In a loss to Portland on Dec. 13, Grant moved into the starting lineup for the first time in a Thunder uniform. In the postseason, Grant appeared in all five of the Thunder's first-round games against the Rockets. He scored in double-figures three times, including posting 11 points and five rebounds in Game 5.

2015

Playing in his second NBA season, Grant appeared in 77 games and made 52 starts for the 76ers. The Syracuse product turned 26.8 minutes per game into averages of 9.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 blocks. Grant hit 41.9 percent of his field goals, overall, while making 24.0 percent of his three-pointers and 65.8 percent of his free throws. In just the second game of the season, Grant went for 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench. Two games later, on Nov. 4 in Milwaukee, Grant made his first start of the season, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and four blocks. He scored in double-figures in seven of eight games between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20. On the season, Grant recorded three double-doubles, including a 17-point, 11-rebound effort against the Clippers on Feb. 8. In a win over Sacramento on Dec. 30, Grant posted 16 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and tied his season-high mark with five blocks.

2014

As a rookie, Grant appeared in 65 games for the 76ers and averaged 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 block in 21.2 minutes per game. The Syracuse product shot 35.2 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three and 59.1 percent at the line. He made his NBA debut on Nov. 29 against Dallas, finishing with one rebound and one block in three minutes of action. Grant scored his first NBA points on Dec. 1 against the Spurs, when he played 13 minutes and finished with four points, three rebounds, a steal and a block. On Jan. 21, the versatile forward blocked an astounding eight shots in 25 minutes during a home loss to the Knicks. He had 16 games with two or more blocks. The 2014 second-round pick scored a season and career-high 18 points (3-5 3Pt) in a loss to Cleveland on Feb. 2. He also added seven rebounds and two assists. In a loss to the Pacers on Feb. 20, Grant went for 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal. He made his first career start against the Nets on Mar. 14, finishing with eight points, four rebounds and three blocks. Grant started the final 10 games of the regular season.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (39th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter
  • November 1, 2016
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Ersan Ilyasova and a 2020 1st round draft pick.
  • July 7, 2018
    Signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • July 8, 2019
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 1st round draft pick.
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Grant continued his role as a bench staple for the Thunder last season, seeing 20.3 minutes per contest and logging time at power forward, small forward and center. A high-level athlete, Grant’s most impactful skill is his all-around defense, averaging 2.8 combined blocks/steals per 36 minutes for his career. He also plays within himself on offense, scoring 8.4 points per game with a 57.0 effective field-goal percentage. With starting power forward Carmelo Anthony being traded away in the offseason, Grant immediately becomes a candidate to enter the starting five for OKC, though coach Billy Donovan may opt to insert Patrick Patterson, who is a far superior three-point shooter, for floor-spacing. Regardless, Grant’s minutes should see an uptick into the mid-20s. With Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Dennis Schroder in the fold, Grant still may not be asked to take a high volume of shots for the team. Considering he'll be entering his age 24 season, however, Grant still has the potential to improve his scoring ability. Ultimately, from a Fantasy perspective, how much his defense and rebounding can trend upwards with increased run will determine his value.
Grant was involved in a rare early-season trade from the Sixers to the Thunder this past November, and he ended up averaging just over 19.0 minutes per game for Oklahoma City across 78 outings. Only four of those appearances were starts, and his 2017-18 role on the team is lining up to be very similar while providing backup minutes to the more-established options at power forward of Patrick Patterson and Enes Kanter. At six-foot-eight, Grant offered up an average of 1.0 block and 0.5 three-pointers per game last season, which made him a little more valuable than his 19.0 minutes per game might suggest, especially in deeper formats in need of those ancillary categories. His track record over the last three years suggest that he’ll continue to be efficient in those two categories, but it’s hard to imagine him being afforded many more minutes given the current roster construction.
Grant saw extended minutes in the Sixers’ frontcourt during his second season, with injuries to Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Carl Landry all creating openings for court time. The 6-foot-8 forward used those extra opportunities to put his athleticism on full display, leading the team in blocks (1.6 per game) while averaging useful marks of 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals. Grant’s contributions on the offensive end left the team wanting more, however, with his lack of proficiency from three-point range (24%) and struggles with finishing near the rim serving as the best illustrations of his limitations as a scorer. The Sixers should still have room for Grant in their rotation in 2016-17 due to his rim-protecting skills and ability to guard wings and big men, but he’s in line for a significant minute reduction with No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons in line to see most of the action at power forward. Grant will need to make dramatic strides with his shooting if he hopes to eventually gain a full-time starting role in the league.
The 39th selection in the 2014 NBA draft by the 76ers, Grant missed the entire preseason and the first 15 games of the regular season, all losses by the Sixers, because of a sprained right ankle and dehydration. He finished his rookie year averaging 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 block, and 0.6 steals in 21 minutes per game over 65 games. Grant transferred his offensive struggles from college and shot an abysmal 35 percent from the field and 59 percent from the foul line. After attempting just five total three-pointers in his final year at Syracuse, Grant fired 2.4 three-pointers per game at a 31-percent clip in coach Brett Brown's system, completely sinking his overall accuracy. Grant's 7-foot-3 wingspan on the perimeter offers the Sixers defensive versatility and a quality shot blocker, but his offensive game requires refinement. He lacked a general plan when driving toward the rim and struggled converting contested layups, hitting 48 percent of his shots in the restricted area. Grant showed marginal offensive improvement during the most recent summer league session, converting 48 percent of his field goals while hoisting 3.3 three-pointers per game. Ultimately, Grant may win the starting small forward role because of his defensive acumen, but that won't necessarily grant him the minutes he'd need to be a factor in most fantasy leagues.
Jerami Grant is entering his rookie season in the NBA, having been drafted with the 39th pick this June. In his final season at Syracuse, his sophomore year, he averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 31 minutes per game through 32 games played. He shot 50 percent from the field on 8.4 attempts per game and 67 percent from the free-throw line on 5.6 attempts per game. Grant is only 20-years-old, and is perhaps the most raw of the 76ers' five rookies. He is 6-8 with a 7-3 wingspan and weighs 214 pounds. Grant's greatest assets are his athleticism and his willingness to hustle on both offense and defense, but his skills need refinement on both sides of the ball. He possesses an unusual ability to draw fouls, reaching the free-throw line on 26 percent of his possessions as a sophomore. Grant is a non-entity from the three-point line, where he attempted only five three-pointers last season, missing all of them. He may have difficulty making the 76ers' final 15-man roster, and if he does, he is likely to spend most of this season buried towards the bottom of the depth chart.
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Scores team-high 20 points
FDenver Nuggets
September 27, 2020
Grant registered 20 points (7-18 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 46 minutes during Saturday's 117-107 Game 5 loss against the Lakers.
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Difference-maker in win
FDenver Nuggets
September 22, 2020
Grant finished with 26 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 10-12 FT), three rebounds, two steals and one assist in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 114-106 victory over the Lakers.
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Steps up with 18 points
FDenver Nuggets
August 30, 2020
Grant generated 18 points (6-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two blocked shots, an assist and a rebound across 34 minutes in Sunday's 119-107 win over the Jazz.
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Starting Game 4
FDenver Nuggets
August 23, 2020
Grant will start Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.
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Starting in finale
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August 14, 2020
Grant will start Friday's game against the Raptors, Katy Winge of Altitude Sports reports.
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