Grant has emerged as a key piece in the Thunder's young core, and the franchise made a statement by keeping him around and footing what could be an additional $40 million in luxury tax spending. The 24-year-old averaged 8.4 points and 3.9 rebound per game last season and could take on a larger role if Oklahoma City is able to find a way to move Carmelo Anthony.
Grant managed nine points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and one block across 30 minutes during Oklahoma City's 96-91 loss to the Jazz in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Grant saw well over 20 minutes at the expense of Carmelo Anthony for the second straight game to close out the series, perhaps a harbinger of what's to come in the 2018-19 campaign if the team opts to bring him back. The 24-year-old didn't exhibit a very high level of usage on the offensive end, however, leading to a modest line overall. Grant finished the regular season with solid averages of 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 block across 20.3 minutes over 81 games, and he could find himself in the mix for additional opportunities heading into next season, whether in Oklahoma City or elsewhere.
Grant scored 17 points (4-6 FG, 9-11 FT) while adding five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 21 minutes off the bench during Monday's 115-93 win over the Heat.
He's become a key figure on OKC's second unit at both ends of the court, scoring in double digits in five of the last seven games and registering two blocks in four straight. With one more game to play and home-court advantage in the first round potentially on the line, expect Grant to post another strong line Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Grant offered 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 FT), one rebound, two blocks and one steal across 17 minutes in Sunday's 109-104 win over the Pelicans.
Grant continues to serve as the second unit's most reliable source of offense, which admittedly isn't saying a whole lot considering how offensively challenged the Thunder bench can be. Still, it's worth noting that Grant has now posted double-digit scoring efforts in three of the past four games, a stretch during which he's shot an incandescent 73.7 percent (14-for-19) in that trio of games. He scored between 11 and 16 points in six contests during March overall, making him an end-of-the-roster consideration in very deep formats and as a DFS punt play.
Grant finished with 17 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 19 minutes in Sunday's 108-105 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Grant turned in a highly efficient effort off the bench, one that included a second-unit-high scoring total. The fourth-year forward had produced single-digit point totals in four straight games, so Sunday's surge was somewhat unexpected. His minutes, usage and offensive contributions remain hard to trust from night to night, so Grant's fantasy prospects remain exclusively limited to deeper formats and daily leagues.
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