Grant had just seven points (1-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 97-91 preseason loss to the Pistons.
Grant came off the bench behind Patrick Patterson (seven points, five rebounds) but still managed to see more playing time than the latter. The two are going to be battling for the starting power forward role and tonight's performance's failed to uncloud the issue. Patterson likely has the upper hand due to his ability to shoot the ball with higher efficiency, however, neither player is going to be able to produce standard league value with any consistency.
Grant will come off the bench for Wednesday's preseason opener against the Pistons, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Grant is expected to battle with Patrick Patterson for the starting power forward job for the upcoming season, but it appears Patterson will get the first crack at working with the top unit Wednesday. The Thunder could certainly try out some different combinations as the preseason schedule continues, so that will be something to keep an eye on moving forward. Still, Grant's spot on the bench for now could indicate he's slightly behind in the competition.
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.
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