NBA forward Jerami Grant was in his third year with Philadelphia when Sixers news broke of his trade to OKC for Ersan Ilyasova and a conditional first-round draft pick. He was considered a four-star recruit by ESPN from college, with a bright future in the league.
Did Philly lose a natural leader in that Jerami Grant trade with the Thunder?
In a short time that he’s spent with his team, along with players like Joel Embiid and Jahil Okafor, Robert Covington describes his personality as “unmatched” according to a report by CSNPhilly.
Jerami Grant is regarded as being a great guy to be with, loyal, one who’s been through tough times with the team and has always lifted their spirits up.
He averaged 8.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks, according to Sixers news in the span of his service with Philly, but his contribution goes beyond the numbers.
“He endured a lot — a lot of painful losses along the way,” Bryan Colangelo said.
“But good, developing the young player that I think has a bright future in the NBA. We’re thankful for everything he’s done. When you talk about class and professionalism, Jerami Grant is all of that. He’s terrific.”
The Jerami Grant trade for Ersan Ilyasova was deemed necessary, especially after Ben Simmons’ injury. Sixers news was clear that they needed to step up on their offense, and Grant’s a good defender, along with the likes of Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.
The Jerami Grant trade unclogs the jam in the middle, where Ersan Ilyasova plays an important role in his shooting.
“Ersan will bring us much needed perimeter shooting, floor spacing and roster balance, while the acquisition of a future pick or picks should continue to drive our ability to generate future roster building options,” Colangelo said in a report by ESPN.
With the Sixers’ Nerlens Noel, Okafor and Joel Embiid he didn’t seem to have a future in a team that’s been trying to ship one or two big men. Unfortunately, the injury of Ben Simmons hastened the Jerami Grant trade to OKC that’s been interested in him for some time.
Will the Sixers perform better offensively now with Ersan Ilyasova along with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid? Sixers news believes so. But it’s still a sad day to lose Jerami Grant.
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