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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Jerami Grant has to keep the ball moving for the Pistons

We all know that Grant can be a ball stopper at times, and Detroit has played at a faster pace and has a higher assist rate since he went out with his injured thumb.

Their offense is still not great, but they’ve been scoring more without him and the ball movement has been noticeably better.

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There is far less one-on-one isolation play, and when there is, Cade Cunningham is the one doing it, something he has been very good at in college and in his young career.

Cunningham’s effective field goal percentage on isolation plays is 10 points higher than Grant’s and Bey’s is 11 points higher. Detroit has two guys who are better in isolation than Grant, though Jerami is much better at getting to the line in these situations, which somewhat offsets it.

Grant can’t be a ball stopper and ruin what Detroit is building, as he is not a great isolation player and the offense has been less stagnant and predictable without him.

If Grant can make these adjustments, he will be a great long-term fit with the Pistons, as he is a hard-working player, very good defender and a guy who wants to be in Detroit, but if he can’t, I fear his time in the Motor City will come to an end before the trade deadline.

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