July 4, 1965 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Hancock Central (Sparta, Georgia)|
Independence CC (1985–1986)
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|1993–1996||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1996–1998||Washington Bullets / Wizards|
|Career highlights and awards|
|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|
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 was traded just before the 1999–00 season along with Anthony Parker to the Orlando Magic for Billy Owens, who had previously been sent to the Magic in a trade that sent brother Horace to the Seattle SuperSonics. He subsequently was waived by the team and retired from the league afterwards.
Never proficient as a rebounder in comparison with his brother, he holds career averages of 4.4 rebounds and 9.9 points per game.
Grant's son Jerai, who played college basketball for Clemson University, the same school that Harvey attended before transferring to Oklahoma, has since played in professional leagues in Australia, Italy, Israel, Latvia and currently Lithuania. Another son, Jerian, played for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team and was selected by the New York Knicks in the 1st round of the 2015 NBA Draft, and a younger son, Jerami, played for the Syracuse University Orange men's basketball team before being drafted 39th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA draft, where he now plays. Harvey Grant also has a daughter, Mikayla, born in 2005 with longtime girlfriend Karen Mitchell.
Grant is also a grandfather to Jerai's daughter, Halle.
- Duke Basketball Report - The unofficial home of Duke basketball fans and the Cameron Crazies
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- "Senior forward Jerai Grant emerging as pleasant inside surprise", www.orangeandwhite.com, January 11, 2011.
- National Basketball League | Sydney Kings: Sydney Kings' Jerai Grant arrives in town
- Jerami Grant Commits To Syracuse, Class Of 2012 Officially In Session - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
- Sydney Kings import Jerai Grant keen to extend stay in Australia | thetelegraph.com.au