Jerian Grant has not played a second in the NBA and has already been a member of three different teams. The former Notre Dame guard was selected 19th overall in the draft by the Washington Wizards. He was then traded to the Atlanta Hawks who quickly moved him to the New York Knicks. In the end, Grant ended up on the worst team of the three, but was put into the best position personally. The Wizards have John Wall, the Atlanta Hawks have Jeff Teague, but in New York, Grant will have the opportunity to earn playing time right away. Grant is a combo guard who at 6’5” could play a little point guard or shooting guard. He is a very good scorer but may attempt to become a full-time point guard at the NBA level.
The Knicks have Jose Calderon at point, but the veteran guard struggled last year. New York is an interesting team because although they were the doormat of the NBA last year, they were without their star player Carmelo Anthony. Anthony clearly wants to win now, but the Knicks roster suggests that they are rebuilding, which bodes well for Grant. If the team struggles and is not fighting for a playoff spot, the Knicks would likely go with the youngster at point guard to see what he can bring to the table.
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There is not much guard competition on the Knicks roster so Grant should earn playing time his rookie year no matter what. At Notre Dame he showed the ability to be a go to scorer and a playmaker for his teammates. He played four years for the Fighting Irish and in his senior year led the team to the Elite 8 where they narrowly lost to Kentucky. The skills Grant showed in college also translated to his performance in the summer league.
Grant averaged nearly 5 assists and 12 points per game during the summer league. His shooting mark was also on display as he converted 90 percent of his free throws and 50 percent of his three point shots. He showed a consistent ability to score, scoring in double digits in each game, although he never had his “breakout” game. Grant’s outside shot will give him a good chance to thrive in the triangle offense as it is paced off of spacing.
The biggest thing for him going forward will be to decide which position between point guard and shooting guard is his best fit and then he continue to hone the proper skills to thrive at that position. Grant has all the tools to be a successful NBA guard and should have the chance to put his skills on display right away.
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