- Jerami Grant has risen to second in the Most Improved Player odds board at +300.
- Grant is averaging 25.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game this season.
- The Pistons are 3-11 to start the year and have the longest odds to win the Central Division at +15000.
From being a longshot +4000 at the start of the year, Grant is now second behind Christian Wood (-125) in Bovada’s latest Most Improved Player oddsboard at +300. With the way he is flourishing in his first season in Motown, Grant looks to be one of the top contenders to win the award at season’s end.
Signing With the Pistons
Report: Jerami Grant signs 3-year, $60M deal with Pistons. https://t.co/wn2qbiVAdu pic.twitter.com/p01RnVRyrI
— theScore (@theScore) November 21, 2020
Coming off an impressive bubble performance where he showcased his 3-and-skills, the 6-8 Grant established himself as one of the top free agents in the market during the previous offseason. When he chose to sign with the Pistons, many were shocked at his decision. Denver offered Grant the same contract as Detroit, but Grant chose to take the Pistons deal because he would get better opportunities there as compared to the Nuggets.
Grant’s season scoring average fell a point down from the previous season at 12.0 per game in 26 minutes of action with the Nuggets. But that was still impressive, considering he played in a title contender that made it all the way to the Conference Finals. But staying in Denver meant that he had to play behind the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and even Gary Harris as an offensive option. While he loved his teammates and the success that the Nuggets had, Grant said he had to do what was best for him.
There were questions on whether Grant would be able to take his game to the next level and become a franchise cornerstone in Detroit. He was sure to get the reps and try to grown into that role, he’s done a lot more. With GM Troy Weaver and head coach Dwane Casey giving him the right opportunities, Grant has flourished with the Pistons.
Flourishing in Motown
Jerami Grant (27 PTS tonight) becomes the third player in @DetroitPistons history with 12 straight games of 20+ PTS.
The other two are Jerry Stackhouse (twice in 2000-01) and Derrick Rose (2019-20). @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/ftk9Eyk1Tg
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 19, 2021
In 14 games played this season entering Thursday’s games, Grant is averaging 25.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.3 steals per game this season. He started his Detroit career quietly, scoring 9 points 4-11 shooting in an opening night loss to the T-Wolves. However, Grant has scored at least 20 points in his next 13 games, including a season-high 32 points in his most recent outing against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
One game back, Grant became the third player in the history of the Detroit Pistons franchise to score 20+ points in 12 consecutive games. Only Jerry Stackhouse and Derrick Rose have accomplished that feat in Detroit’s storied history. Grant also scored 251 points in his first 10 games with Detroit, the most ever in a player’s first 10 games with the Pistons, beating out Adrian Dantley’s old record of 239.
It’s too early in the season to come up with conclusions, but with the way he is playing, Jerami Grant won’t be just a top candidate for the Most Improved Player award as the oddsmakers are saying, he could also be headed to his first All-Star selection.
Pistons 3-11 Start
It’s still a young season, we’re going to continue to grind. pic.twitter.com/ZVd93SoTRA
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 21, 2021
The Pistons have opened the season with a 3-11 record, matching their 14-game start in the 2012 season under Lawrence Frank when they began the year with eight straight losses. That was one of six straight seasons where they missed the playoffs and had a winning percentage of .390 or lower.
Since that stretch, the Pistons have made two postseason appearances in five seasons. However Detroit has not won a playoff game since 2008 and it doesn’t appear like they are going to end that slump soon. The Pistons struggled with only 20 wins last season and at +15000 at online sportsbook Bet365, they have the longest odds to win the Central Division this year.
Detroit’s 2020 lottery pick Killian Hayes is out indefinitely with a hip injury. Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are struggling off the gates. Despite their early season struggles, only one of Detroit’s 11 losses have been by more than 10 points. It’s still a young season and this young team is just going to continue to grind behind Jerami Grant.