Jerami Grant’s decision to join the Detroit Pistons during last year’s free agency period culminated in the best season of the 27-year-old forward’s career.
The former Syracuse star was named one of three finalists for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, the league announced Thursday.
He is competing for the honor with New York Knicks forward Julius Randle and Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.
Grant compiled his best season since entering the league seven years ago and averaged a career-high 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 blocks per game on 42.9% shooting from the field and 35% from beyond the 3-point line.
For perspective, Grant totaled 12 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks last season with the Denver Nuggets.
His impressive string of games in last year’s NBA Bubble caught the eyes of several teams, but he ultimately decided to join the Pistons based on his trust in general manager Troy Weaver, who also served as an assistant at Syracuse for four seasons.
Grant could become the first member of the Pistons to win the award, according to Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press.