Jerami Grant went from third banana in the Western Conference Finals to the Denver Nuggets to turning heads as the top scorer of a rebuilding Detroit Pistons team to a potential Olympic gold medalist in space one year.
Grant has signed up with Team USA for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which will start in about a month, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Olympic roster appeared to be set at 12 with a number of recent engagements, but a spot opened when James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets announced he was retiring from the squad in order to recover from an hamstring injury. -legs. This place has apparently been taken by Grant.
Grant, the most recent finalist for Most Improved Player, introduced new elements to his offensive arsenal as Detroit’s top scorer. He could hit from the perimeter, smash people from the dribble and convert to the lane. The 27-year-old forward averaged 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his first year of a three-year contract at Detroit.
Other players who have signed up for the Olympic team:
- Bam Adebayo, Miami heat
- Bradley Beal, the wizards of Washington
- Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
- Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
- Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
- James harden, Brooklyn Nets
- Jrue Holidays, Milwaukee Bucks
- Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls
- Damien lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
- Kevin Amour, The Cleveland Cavaliers
- Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
- Jayson tatum, Boston Celtics
Booker, Holiday and Middleton are still in the playoffs and if they advance to the NBA Finals, they could be forced to retire from the squad by opening up additional slots. We’ll see what happens.