Harvey Grant

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Harvey Grant
No. 44
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1965-07-04) July 4, 1965 (age 49)
Augusta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Hancock Central (Sparta, Georgia)
College Clemson (1984–1985)
Independence CC (1985–1986)
Oklahoma (1986–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Pro career 1988–1999
Career history
19881993 Washington Bullets
19931996 Portland Trail Blazers
19961998 Washington Bullets / Wizards
1999 Philadelphia 76ers
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,781 (9.9 ppg)
Rebounds 3,436 (4.4 rpg)
Assists 1,219 (1.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Harvey Grant (born July 4, 1965) is a retired American National Basketball Association basketball player. He is the identical twin brother of Horace Grant, also a former NBA player.[1]

Selected twelfth overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1988 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma, he averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He lifted his averages to 8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists the following season, in 1989–90. Grant improved markedly in the 1990-91 campaign, when he averaged 18.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.18 steals per game. At season's end, he was runner-up to the 1991 NBA Most Improved Player Award (which was earned by Orlando's Scott Skiles). In two subsequent seasons, he continued his solid play with 18.0 and 18.6 points per contest in 1991–92 and 1992–93, respectively.

In 1993 he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for center Kevin Duckworth, where he was instead utilized in a secondary role off the bench, and in three seasons with Portland, averaged 9.6 points per game. On July 15, 1996, he returned to the Washington Bullets via a trade, along with Blazers point guard Rod Strickland, for power forward Rasheed Wallace and shooting guard Mitchell Butler. By this stage Grant's career was on a downslide, averaging 4.1 points in 1996–97, then slipping to 2.6 points the following season when the Bullets franchise had reinvented itself as the Wizards. He rounded out his professional career with the Philadelphia 76ers in the lockout-shortened 1999 NBA season, averaging 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 47 of 50 possible games. He subsequently retired from the league.

Never as proficient a rebounder in comparison with his brother Horace, he holds career averages of 4.4 rebounds and 9.9 points per game.

Grant transferred to Oklahoma after a year in junior college and a year at Clemson with his brother Horace.[2]

Family[edit]

His son Jerai, who played college basketball for Clemson University, the same school that Harvey attended before transferring to Oklahoma,[3] joined the Australasian NBL's Sydney Kings in 2011.[4] Another son, Jerian, plays for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team,[5] and a younger son, Jerami, plays for the Syracuse University Orange men's basketball team.[5] Jerami was drafted 39th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft. Harvey Grant also has a daughter Mikayla born in 2005 with long time girlfriend Karen Mitchell.

Grant is also a grandfather to Jerai's daughter, Halle.[6]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
  • Harvey Grant at Basketball-Reference.com