Mar 20, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Jerami Grant (3) dunks over Western Michigan Broncos center Shayne Whittington (21) in the second half of a men

Houston Rockets 2014 NBA Draft: Jerami Grant Player Profile


Ideally, the Houston Rockets would add another prospect at the 4-spot in this draft. But small forward is equally worth shoring up in the event that the Rockets are unable to retain the services of Chandler Parsons. Parsons’ value has continually increased and he’s likely to command in excess of $10 million per season when he becomes a free agent.

Acquiring Jerami Grant of Syracuse would give Daryl Morey an interesting swingman to develop.

NBADraft.net has Grant going 16th overall to Chicago, but DraftExpress has Grant falling into the Rockets lap at pick No. 25. NBADraft.net gives an NBA comparison of Thaddeus Young, and that’s an appropriate label.

Like the Sixers tweener, the 6’8″ Grant will be able to moonlight at the power forward position when the Rockets play small ball. He has an excellent basketball body with a 7’2” wingspan and 8’11” standing reach. Grant would be very effective in transition, which is important in Kevin McHale’s offense. He finishes well around the basket and is resourceful. By all means, Grant would quickly be an upgrade over Francisco Garcia.

In some senses, Grant would be a redundancy of the talents of Terrence Jones, but the prototypical power forward may not necessarily be best with Dwight Howard at center. The Orlando Magic thrived with Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson at power forward alongside Howard. Grant and Jones would be an athletic tandem at the 3/4 spots to complement Howard, and certainly a lineup that offers a lot of athleticism and finishing ability.

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  • Jah

    Poor pick. The Rockets need to take Clint Capela of France. He’s 6″11….exactly the height we need that’s athelic enough to play around the rim and give us what we need at the 4 spot.

    He’s a Black kid, and can be coached up by Hakeem Olajuwon than sent to the D-League. Playing with Howard early would help speed up his development as this kid is a bundle of energy and loves to dunk.

    With him in the fold, we can easily give up Asik, Lin and Parsons without thinking two-cent about it.

    Trade for Carmelo Anthony for the 3 spot and we got a team to contend with. Our weakness this season has been: Mchale, Parsons, and Lin.

    As soon as we can get rid of them, the better. Fire Mchale, though! Fire him.