Detroit Pistons NBA Draft: Quentin Grimes is a 2nd round 3-and-D target

Quentin Grimes #24 of the Houston Cougars l(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Quentin Grimes #24 of the Houston Cougars l(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – APRIL 03: Quentin Grimes #24 of the Houston Cougars  (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Quentin Grimes is a great three-and-D prospect

In his junior season with the Houston Cougars, Grimes averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Grimes was the leading scorer on a Houston team that had one of the top-ranked defenses in the country. The Cougars ranked second in opponent points per game in the 2020-2021 season.

Grimes was tied with his backcourt-mate Marcus Sasser for the lead in team steals per game. The guard averaged 1.4 steals per game. Grimes also ranked fifth in the nation in defensive win shares with 2.4.

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The junior proved to be the best defensive player on one of the best defensive teams in the country in 2020-2021, and Grimes will look to bring that defensive prowess with him into the NBA.

As a three-point shooter, Grimes was one of the best last season. The shooting guard shot 40.3 percent from beyond the arc last season with the Cougars. He led the AAC in three-pointers made last season with 100 total three-pointers. That mark was also the third-highest nationally.

Grimes projects to be a good shooter from beyond the arc at the NBA level. Combined with his solid defensive abilities and he could be one of the better three-and-D players coming out of the 2021 NBA Draft.

For a Pistons team that is looking for three-point scoring and to continue improving an already solid defense, Quentin Grimes is a perfect fit to help fill both of those roles.