Central Notes: Grant, Simon, McGee, Bucks

After signing a $60MM deal with the rebuilding Pistons this offseason, forward Jerami Grant is getting the increased offensive role he was hoping for when he left the championship-contending Nuggets, per Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press.

“It’s definitely a bigger role for me, that’s one of the reasons why I came here,” Grant said. Through his first four games for the Motor City, all losses, the versatile wing is tops among the Pistons in minutes played (149), three-point attempts (30), and free-throw attempts (21), as well as shot attempts and makes (66 and 31). He is also averaging a career-high 37.3 MPG.

There’s more out of the NBA’s Central Division:

  • After 79-year-old Pacers executive Donnie Walsh announced he would be vacating his position as team consultant, team owner Herb Simon released a statement praising the longtime Indiana staffer. “Over my thirty-year relationship with Donnie, I have been amazed to watch him help lead this organization to what it has become,” Simon said in part.
  • New veteran Cavaliers reserve center JaVale McGee adds championship pedigree in Cleveland, writes Joe Gabriele of Cavaliers.com“I didn’t realize how good of a passer he was, I didn’t realize the touch he has around the rim with the little floaters and the hooks,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff commented. “I think he’s definitely been a pleasant surprise all the way around.” The 7’1″ big man is averaging 10.5 PPG on 63% shooting from the field during the club’s 3-1 start this season.
  • The Bucks are striving to develop consistency after an offseason roster overhaul, according to Eric Woodyard of ESPN. The club is currently off to a bumpy 2-3 to start their 2020/21 season. “I can speak for my team and for myself: I really feel like us having this different variety of teams and games really helps us,” new starting point guard Jrue Holiday said. “Even just having a back-to-back in a playoff-type atmosphere, early, is very, very good for us.”
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9 thoughts on “Central Notes: Grant, Simon, McGee, Bucks

  1. Marty McRae

    The Warriors can and should use their injured player exemption for Klay Thompson on JaVale and win a title.

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Dawg Warriors are a joke they should use the TPE on some Dominos for the new guys and send everyone else home. It’s not happening this season lol just enjoy life

    • Little_Dunker_45

      Not to mention I’ve been to a game in the arena they used to play in and it smelled like someone dropped their trousers and sprayed doo doo all over the seats. I mean how sick do you have to be to cut a nasty toot and then blame it on some 10 year old kid at the game with a boy scout troop? We know it was you dude…everyone was pointing. Also what did you eat? Sick…

      • Little_Dunker_45

        It was so sour smelling…it was like the grim reaper was home alone one weekend and ordered way too much dominos then was just puffing waste out his BH…really sick

  2. brownscavsr4me

    Fun fact: JaVale McGee is 3 of 6 on 3pointers in his first five games.

    Another fun fact: Every Cavs fan holds their breath each time he shoots and will continue to do so until he stops.

    • The Howler

      Bucks fans do the same thing when Giannis shoots free throws and will continue to do so until he is shooting 70% from the line.

      • brownscavsr4me

        He’s so tall and long, he should probably just shoot a soft floater at the line lol

  3. x%sure

    McGee probably should not have been punished (if that’s the word for it) for having a weak bubble performance. He isn’t put together well for thriving in that, and the bubble was a one-off. He has figured out in time how to deal with the regular routine.

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