Former Syracuse players Jerami Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will be reunited in Philadelphia after the 76ers selected Grant with the 39th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
The 6’8″ Grant was the second Syracuse player to be drafted Thursday behind Tyler Ennis. Grant comes from a basketball family. His dad Harvey played 11 years in the league and his uncle Horace had a 17 year career. He and Carter-Williams played together for one year at Syracuse during the 2012-2013 season when the Orange made it to the Final Four.
Grant left Syracuse after two seasons for the NBA and was projected as a lottery pick at times during the season. He noticed his stock drop not necessarily because of his talent but because of the fact that the draft class is very deep. He averaged 12.1 points per game this season for the Orange and brought in a team-high 6.8 rebounds.
Grant has a lot of upside. He is young and athletic, but is still getting bigger. He can rebound, play defense and run the floor very well. He does however lack consistency on the offensive end. He tends to be out of control at times and doesn’t have too good of a jump shot. He can’t shoot off the catch or dribble and that is something he needs to work on. He can also be predictable when he puts the ball on the floor, but the ceiling is very high for this young man. Look for him to develop over the course of this 76er rebuilding process and have a long NBA career.