How Jerami Grant needs to adjust when he returns to the Pistons

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) looks to score as Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

Jerami Grant needs less usage for the Pistons

For most of the last two seasons, Jerami Grant has been the primary scoring option for the Detroit Pistons, but those days need to be over.

Grant leads the team in usage rate this season at 26.8 percent, just ahead of rookie Cade Cunningham (25.7) who is the point guard and supposed to be initiating the offense.

With Grant out, more guys have been involved in the offense and Cade has taken over as the guy who is taking the clutch shots and getting his own shot in isolation.

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Grant can be very good in isolation at times too, but the biggest difference is that Cunningham will often draw defenders and set up teammates, while Grant tends to put his head down and do what it takes to get to the rim, drawing a lot of fouls in the process.

This is important too, as the Pistons need to get as many easy buckets at the line as they can given their shooting problems, but if Grant is going to be part of this core long term, then he has to become more of a second option behind Cade.

And why not? Cade Cunningham has shown that he is a gifted passer who can make life easier for his teammates.

I know Jerami Grant didn’t come to Detroit to be a 4th banana again, and he doesn’t need to be, but he has to show he is willing to hand over control of the offense to the rookie because that is who the Pistons are building around.