LAS VEGAS – Jerami Grant was precisely what the Nuggets had been in search of.
Denver entered the offseason desirous to fortify its frontcourt, and Monday’s commerce with Oklahoma Metropolis met a major want. As well as, the Thunder’s versatile ahead was somebody the Nuggets had lengthy focused.
“We favored who he’s as an individual,” Nuggets President of Basketball ops Tim Connelly mentioned. “Culturally, he’ll be a seamless match. His positional versatility, his athleticism, his expertise on a playoff degree workforce. He’s a man that we’ve at all times type of coveted.”
Connelly knew Grant’s dad, Harvey, when he was developing with the Washington Wizards. Realizing Jerami since he was child helped inform Denver’s choice to commerce for the 6-foot-9 ahead.
“His dad is an excellent good friend, I watched him develop up, so it provides you a little bit extra confidence figuring out what kind of particular person you possibly can anticipate and who he’s as a man,” Connelly mentioned. “Definitely it helps. You don’t should do a lot background if you’ve watched a child develop up.”
The Nuggets place a major emphasis on character. A much less proficient, low-maintenance participant is extra precious to the Nuggets than one with baggage. The Nuggets anticipate Grant to slot in flawlessly.
“We had been in search of a man like Grant, together with his means to protect three positions,” Connelly mentioned. “Definitely his athleticism, then the best way he shot the ball final 12 months. He’s type of the archetype of participant that we at all times thought can be helpful, a great complement to what we’ve, particularly Nikola (Jokic). Our aim was not simply so as to add, our aim was so as to add the proper piece, the proper particular person, and we predict we added an impactful one in Jerami.”
Jokic is the workforce’s gravitational drive, and Grant will doubtless excel given his penchant for transferring with out the ball. After capturing a career-high 39 p.c from the 3-point arc final season, the Nuggets envision Grant’s outdoors capturing stretching defenses much more.
“He’s not a ball dominant participant, he’s one of many league’s lowest in seconds per contact,” Connelly mentioned. “He’s a vertical athlete, an enormous finisher, an enormous goal, he can end above the rim. His means to make photographs now, it solely highlights the athleticism. I feel quite a lot of the issues he does nicely will look actually good subsequent to Nikola.”