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Current Projection: Mid-to-late first-round pick
Jerami Grant is about as raw as it gets. Is he going be able to score in the NBA on anything besides layups and alley-oops? I honestly don't know.
Whether he ends up playing small forward or power forward, I think Grant's going to struggle to find offense against bigger, stronger guys (he's just 210 pounds).
Plus, for such a great athlete, the fact that he averaged just 0.6 blocks per game this season worries me. A lot.
Sometimes we fall in love with players who possess all the physical tools to be successful in the NBA, but when that player hasn't really blown us away with any of them, it's a cause for concern.
Now, many will argue that college production means very little when you have a raw athlete. Just take Paul George, for example. His college statistics didn't jump off the page, but he was clearly an NBA-caliber athlete and the Pacers nailed that selection.
George was a 6'9" shooting guard, though. Even if he had progressed incredibly slow, he'd have still been a matchup nightmare from day one.
At 6'8", Jerami Grant isn't going to cause defenses any kinds of problems, regardless of whether he plays SF or PF.
That's another problem, too. Grant doesn't have a position at the NBA level. While some might look at that as a positive and say that it proves versatility, I strongly disagree.
Consider all the "tweener's" who have struggled in recent years. Derrick Williams, Michael Beasley, Thomas Robinson—there have been many. All of them were either too short to play the 4 or possessed too inconsistent of a perimeter game to play the 3.
That sounds a heck of a lot like Grant to me.
The NBA game is becoming more and more standardized. Point guards need to be able to score, small forwards need to be able to guard some of the world's best athletes, power forwards need to be able to stretch the floor.
Where does Jerami Grant fit? That's not a question I want to be asking myself in preseason.