Although the Dallas Mavericks have holes at the small forward position and the center position, another thing they must address is their bench. The Mavericks had one of the best benches in the league last year in terms of scoring and rebounding, but it never hurts to bring in one of the most intriguing players from this draft class. Jerami Grant is 6’6″, but the more impressive thing about is his 7’2″ wingspan. That’s unheard of for a small forward.
One player who has a similar wingspan is Kawhi Leonard and NBA fans saw how good Leonard is on the defensive side of the ball. The combination of speed and length is unbeatable in the NBA and Grant excels in both categories. Grant did not play a huge role in the Syracuse offense. That being said, most of his points came off put-backs and breakaways.
Grant is an athletic freak and that should be on full display when he plays in the NBA. The Mavs could use a lengthy defender off the bench and Grant is long and athletic enough to do just that. Rick Carlisle loves versatility and that tells me Grant could be on his mind when the Mavs are on the clock. Grant would be a smart pick for the Mavs, despite his raw offensive game.