Jerai Grant has had an impressive rookie 2011/12 season as an import for the Sydney Kings. At the tender age of 23 years old, the athletic power forward has taken to his first professional gig with aplomb. Sure, there have been times where he has flown a little under the radar, but when he has shone, he has really made an impact.
- Defence. The guy swats shots with reckless abandon. His long arms and leaping ability make for an impressive package. He also has a knack for getting those limbs into loose balls in the paint.
- Dunks. The guy gets up. See video below.
- Hustle. There are times where Grant appears to be the guy out there with the most desire.
- Coachability. Grant comes from a solid basketball pedigree (father: Harvey Grant; uncle: Horace Grant) and appears to take on coaching advice willingly.
- Mid-range jumper. Grant’s mid-range jumper, whilst still not perfect, is a decent asset.
- Post game. To be a true force, Grant needs to develop some serious post moves, allowing him to be a franchise player, rather than just a complementary player to a bigger star post player.
- Consistency. There are times where Grant goes missing on the court, largely when plays are not designed to involve him. This is something that will come with time and with an improved ability to score points independently.
Statistics, in 25 games so far:
11.5ppg (fifth on team), 8.1rpg (second), 1.5bpg (second), 54.9% FG% (first), 0.8spg (second).
The Kings have put together a highlights package of some of Grant’s dunks and swats this season. The team are currently seeking to re-sign him for 2012/13.