Brian Grant Through the Years Photo Gallery
January 1, 2011
The Phoenix Suns signed veteran forward Brian Grant on Aug. 18, 2005.
Grant and wife, Gina, are looking forward to moving to the Valley.
A father of four, Grant enjoys his family life.
After a successful career at Xavier (Ohio), where he twice earned Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honors, the Kings made Grant the eighth overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft.
Even as a young player, Grant was not afraid to mix it up with established stars like former Suns forward Charles Barkley.
A tattoo of Bob Marley on his right shoulder was a foreshadow of Grant's future look.
After three productive seasons in Sacramento, Grant signed a free agent contract with Portland.
Grant has been a consistent force in the paint his entire career.
Grant played three productive seasons in Portland.
The 6-9, 254-pound forward/center averaged a career-high 15.2 points in 2000-01, his first in Miami.
Grant played with former Suns great Dan Majerle and against future teammate Kobe Bryant.
Grant will bring intensity and emotion to the Suns.
Grant has established himself as one of the most durable competitors in the league.
The Columbus, Ohio native brings to the Valley career averages of 10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Grant's rebounding prowess will be a welcome addition to the Suns.
The addition of Grant and others this summer has made the Suns a much better defensive team.
Grant has been known throughout his career as one of the most active and generous NBA players, founding The Brian Grant Foundation in 1998 to assist a variety of youth-oriented charities and organizations. In 1999 he was honored with the J. Walter Kennedy
Last summer, Grant was involved in a blockbuster trade that saw Shaquille O'Neal go to Miami and Grant, Caron Butler and Lamar Odom go to the Lakers.
Grant finished last season averaging 16.5 minutes in 69 appearances for Los Angeles.
Grant went toe-to-toe with Shaq in two games against the man he was traded for.
"The General" is looking forward to being on the same side of the ball as last season's MVP, Steve Nash.
Suns assistant coach Marc Iavaroni, who was an assistant for the Heat when Grant was in Miami said he "does a great job of using his body, putting his body on people. Anybody who comes near the basket, whether it’s to go for a rebound or to catch the ball
Grant wound up seeing limited action in Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Lakers last season after suffering an early-season neck injury and knee tendonitis.
Things continue to look up for Grant and his new team.