Season in Review: #7 Grant Jerrett
By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
He didn’t see action on the floor for the Thunder, but rookie forward Grant Jerrett got an up-close view of how the team operates by spending the entire 2014 Playoffs with the team.
After being drafted in the second round by the Thunder in 2013, Jerrett spent most of the 2013-14 season with the Thunder’s D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers. In 2 games the stretch forward made 25 starts, scoring 15.1 points and grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game in addition to shooting 36.4 percent from the three-point line and 81.7 percent from the free throw line.
During his time with the 66ers and then with the Thunder in Oklahoma City, Jerrett noticed the direct communication and cohesion between the two clubs. The standards Thunder players, coaches and staff are held to in Oklahoma City also exist in Tulsa. That means that 66ers players like Jerrett are treated with the same care, discipline and focus as if they were one of the 15 men on the Thunder roster, like Jerrett was during the postseason.
“I notice it a lot,” Jerrett said. “They try to treat us the same if we were down here, up there. The staff on the day-to-day basis try to help us with injuries and making sure we eat healthy, just little things like that.”
During the course of the year, Jerrett worked on developing his all-around game, in addition to his body. This summer, he will work diligently to increase his strength and quickness, along with his defense, footwork and ball-handling. Between being in the weight room and getting out on the court to work on his timing and communication, Jerrett will be able to make strides throughout the summer heading into next year.
For the Thunder, a player with size and length who can space the floor with a three-point jump shot can be an asset, especially with playmakers like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson on the roster. At 6-foot-10 and as a player who shot 40 percent from three-point range in college, Jerrett has some attributes that, if harnessed, could help him become a contributor for the Thunder.
“I feel like every aspect of my game has had an improvement,” Jerrett said. “We don’t just work on one thing.”
“It’s a day-to-day process where you pick up something new every day,” Jerrett continued.