Jerami Grant is a prominent American professional basketball player who plays power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Grant played for DeMatha (MD) and Syracuse before being drafted as the 39th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014. He was a Syracuse Orange basketball player in college.
Besides the 76ers, he has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Portland Trail Blazers.
Grant had a breakout year in the 2020–21 NBA season, finishing as a finalist for the Most Improved Player award while averaging a career-high 22.3 points per game.
He has also represented the US in different tournaments for the senior national team and U18 team.
The article discusses everything about Jerami Grant, from his personal to professional life. But before getting into details, let’s look at quick facts about him.
|Full Name||Houston Jerami Grant|
|Known as||Jerami Grant|
|Birth Date||March 12, 1994|
|Birth Place||Portland, Oregon|
|Education||DeMatha Catholic High School, Syracuse University|
|Father’s Name||Harvey Grant|
|Mother’s Name||Beverly Grant|
|Siblings||3 (Jerian, Jerai and Jaelin Grant)|
|Age||29 Years Old|
|Height||6’8″/2.03 m/203 cm|
|Weight||95 kg/210 lb.|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Beginning of Professional Career||2014 – present|
|Teams||Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons|
|Achievements||Gold at FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Gold at 2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Net Worth||$20 million|
|NBA Draft Pick||Round 2 / Pick: 39th overall / 2014|
|Social Media Presence||Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||November 2023|
Jerami Grant attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he played basketball for the high school team. In his senior year, he averaged 12.5 points in 23 games.
Grant was ranked as the No. 11 power forward and the No. 37 player in the country in 2012.
The four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Jerami, committed to play for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball. In the 2013-14 season, he averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 31.4 minutes per game.
Moreover, he scored double figures in 24 of 32 games played and had three games with 19 points.
After showboating an impressive season, the professional athlete earned an All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2014.
In April 2014, the Portland native declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.
Grant was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 39th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft on June 26, 2014.
After playing with the team for the 2014 NBA Summer League, he agreed to a 4-year deal with the 76ers on September 29, 2014.
With the NBA franchise in a game against the New York Knicks on January 21, 2015, he recorded four points and eight blocks, the most in a game for a 76ers since Samuel Dalembert and the most by a rookie 76er since Shawn Bradley had nine on January 17, 1994.
In a loss to the Toronto Raptors on November 11, 2015, he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
He also posted a then career-high 11 rebounds, along with 16 points and 5 blocks, in a 110-105 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 1, 2016, in exchange for Ersan Ilyasova and a protected draft pick.
The following day, he made his debut for the City Thunder in an 85–83 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, recording 2 rebounds, 6 points, and 2 blocks in 18 minutes.
He had a season-high 15 points in a 110–108 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on December 19, 2016.
Grant re-signed with the Thunder on July 7, 2018. He scored a then career-high 25 points and caught 12 rebounds in a 154–147 double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on January 10, 2019.
The former 76ers’ power forward scored 27 points in a 116–107 loss to the Miami Heat on March 18, 2019. On April 10, he set then career-high 28 points against the Milwaukee Bucks in a 127–116 victory.
Grant was traded to the Denver Nuggets on July 8, 2019, for a 2020 first-round pick.
Playing for the Nuggets, he scored a then career-high 29 points in a 115–98 win over the Detroit Pistons on February 25, 2020.
Despite playing 9 minutes less, Grant outscored Paul George 14 to 10 in a Game 7 win over the favored Clippers on September 15, 2020.
During the playoffs, he averaged 11.6 points and 3.3 rebounds, including 26 points in the Game 3 victory.
Grant agreed on a three-year/$60 million contract with the Detroit Pistons on November 22, 2020, through a sign-and-trade with the Denver Nuggets.
The Pistons also received draft rights to 2015 second-round pick Nikola Radicevic in exchange for cash consideration.
He scored a then career-high 43 points in a 105-102 loss against the Chicago Bulls on February 17, 2021.
By the end of the season, he was among the finalist for the Most Improved Player award. However, he finished second, just behind Julius Randle.
Dilemma With The Team
Despite much speculation, the Detroit Pistons did not trade Jerami Grant at the trade deadline days.
Detroit effectively postponed making a final decision on Grant’s future with the team.
Jerami Grant, a former forward for the Detroit Pistons, was rumored to leave the city.
Many NBA teams were looking for help to make a playoff push, and the price for Grant was expected to skyrocket.
With Grant suffering from a right thumb injury followed by a UCL surgery, he was ruled out for at least six weeks.
On March 28, 2022, he sustained a calf strain and was announced to miss the remainder of the season.
Portland Trail Blazers
Jerami was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with the draft rights to Ismael Kamagate, in exchange for a top-four protected 2025 first-round pick, the draft rights to Gabriele Procida, and two future second-round picks, on July 6, 2022.
For the Blazers, he put up 16 points, including a game-winning layup in a 106-104 win over the Phoenix Suns on November 25, 2022.
He recorded a career-high 44 points in a 132-129 overtime win over the New York Knicks on November 25.
Grant played for the U18 team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. He was also named to the United States Olympic basketball team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on June 28, 2021.
He won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, becoming the first Pistons player since Tayshaun Prince in 2008.
Jerami was born to his parents, Harvey and Beverly Grant, on March 12, 1994, in Portland, Oregon.
His father, Harvey, was a power forward/small forward who played in the NBA for 11 years.
Harvey was a collegiate basketball player at Clemson and Oklahoma and was the 12th overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft.
From the 1980s to the 1990s, he also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards, and Philadelphia 76ers.
He is African-American, as his grandparents are of African descent and arrived in the States in the 1990s.
Jerami also has three brothers named Jerai, Jerian, and Jaelin. He also has a stepsister, Mikayla, from his father’s affair with Karen Mitchell.
Basketball runs in the Grant family. Jerian Grant, his brother, is a point guard for the Turk Telekom of the Basketbol Super Ligi (BSL).
His uncle Horace Grant (Harvey’s twin brother) is a former NBA player who won four championships, including three with the Chicago Bulls during Michael Jordan‘s first three-peat in 1991-93.
Jerami’s other two brothers; Jerai played basketball for the Clemson Tigers, and Jaelin played at Independence Community College.
When Charles Barkley asked Jerami where he ranked himself in his family hierarchy on “Inside The NBA,” he responded with a grin.
He said, “I think I’m the best but I think everybody else will say they’re the best. It’s definitely great one-on-one games whenever we get back home.”
Jerami Grant lives a low-key existence while keeping his personal life away from the paparazzi.
Grant is now concentrating on his upcoming NBA games for the Blazers and reportedly, he is currently single.
There have been rumors that the former Philadelphia 76ers’ power forward is gay.
Some local media tabloids wrote about his sexuality, which drew attention to the story. Nonetheless, he denied that he was a homosexual.
The power forward is estimated to have a net worth of $20 million as of 2023. Most of his earnings came from his professional basketball career, media ventures, investments, and endorsements.
His NBA journey started with a 3-year/$2.7 million contract with the 76ers. Later, he signed a 3-year contract with the Thunder worth $27 million, including a third-year player option.
Grant signed a 3-year/$60 million contract with the Nuggets as a part of a Sign-and-Trade with the Pistons.
Per spotrac, HIS career earnings TOTAL $81,698,410, including his salary for the 2022-23 season of around $21 million.
Grant signed a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Adidas in 2021. This deal was offered to him after he was called to represent Team USA in the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Social Media Presence
Jerami Grant is active on various social media platforms. As an athlete, he is aware of the importance of social media.
The basketball player utilizes social media platforms to connect with fans and followers by posting his life updates.
You can find him on Instagram under the handle @jeramigrant and Twitter @JeramiGrant.
Instagram: 211k followers
Twitter: 55.4k followers
Debuting in the NBA with the 76ers and now performing exceptionally well with the Blazers in recent days, he is continuously a topic of talk among NBA pundits and fans.
The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of Jerami Grant based on Google searches in the United States over a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is Jerami Grant averaging?
In the 2022-23 regular season, Grant averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 63 games.
How long was Jerami Grant out after his right thumb injury?
Grant was sidelined since December 16, 2021, when he underwent surgery to repair the UCL in his right thumb. According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Pistons initially stated that he would be ruled out for six weeks after surgery.
Did the Pistons trade Jerami Grant?
Pistons traded Jerami to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with the draft rights to Ismael Kamagate, in exchange for a top-four protected 2025 first-round pick, the draft rights to Gabriele Procida, and two future second-round picks.
Is Jerami Grant a good defender?
He is a great wing defender who can guard the opposing team's best scorer almost every night, regardless of position.