Jerami Grant is a professional basketball player from the United States of America. He plays in the National Basketball Association for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was drafted into the NBA by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014. Grant has also played for the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aside from his professional career, he has also participated in international events for the United States, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where he was part of the team that took home the gold medal for men’s basketball.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Houston Jerami Grant was born on March 12, 1994, in Portland, Oregon. He is a power forward and is a right-handed player. He stands 203 cm and his weight was last listed as 95 kg. He attended the DeMatha Catholic High School and went on to attend Syracuse University.
His father, Harvey Grant, played basketball professionally and his brothers Jerai Grant and Jerian Grant also play professional basketball. His uncle is Horace Grant. He is a four-time NBA Champion and he played for both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.
Grant’s amateur basketball career started during high school. He was part of the basketball team of the DeMatha Catholic High School which was located in Hyattsville in Maryland. At the end of high school, he earned a scoring average of 12.5 and became a four-star recruit. He was also ranked 37th player in the country and 11th as a power forward in 2012.
In addition, he became part of the basketball team that won the gold medal for the United States during the FIBA Americas Under 18 Championship.
After high school, Grant joined Syracuse and became one of the All-ACC Honorable Mentions in 2014. He finished two seasons with Syracuse before declaring his intention to join the April 2014 NBA Draft.
It was in June of 2014 when Grant was finally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers. He joined the 2014 and 2015 Summer League. He was with the 76ers until 2016 before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 1, 2016.
He stayed with the Thunder until 2019 before being traded again to the Denver Nuggets on July 8, 2019. He was the first-round pick by the Nuggets during this time. In the early part of 2020, he scored his first-ever career-high, which helped the Nuggets win over the Detroit Pistons.
Grant continued to play with the Nuggets until November of 2020 when he signed a $60 million three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons. During his time with the Pistons, he became one of the finalists for the Most Improved Player and scored a career-high 43 points. In 2021, he suffered an injury to his right thumb. In December of that year, he had surgery to repair a UCL tear. A calf strain in March 2022, ruled him out for the rest of the season.