When Jerami Grant struggled during the preseason, fans of the Detroit Pistons went to social media to voice their displeasure.
Most of the vitriol aimed in his direction (and of the Pistons’ front office) stemmed from the three-year, $60 million deal he signed in the offseason.
In 71 games with the Nuggets last season, Grant showed flashes of his skillset. He averaged 12 points while shooting 47.8% and 3.5 rebounds. His production is why the Nuggets offered him the same contract to stay with the team.
Luckily for the Pistons, Grant decided to sign with them, taking the responsibility of a more significant role on a team.
So far this season, he’s playing the NBA’s most improved player.
In the Pistons’ 10 games this season, Grant is averaging 25.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. He’s currently 12th in point per game among active scorers but 7th in total points with 251. Those 251 points are also the most points scored by a Detroit Piston in their first ten games.
Additionally, Grant is scoring efficiently. He’s shooting 46.5% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc. Along with that, he’s one of the Pistons’ best free-throw shooters, shooting 86.7% from the line.
Lastly, Grant has scored 20+ points in the Pistons’ last nine games.
The Pistons are currently 2-8 this season, following a 96-86 loss to the Utah Jazz. Grant led the Pistons with 28 points, four rebounds, and four assists.
Right now, the Pistons are struggling.
Hampered by a string of injuries and some questionable performances from several players, there is no indication they’ll turn it around anytime soon.
And coach Dwane Casey will have to answer some questions soon regarding that.
For now, though, the lone bright spot is Jerami Grant.
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