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Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Jerrett's outside shooting leads Thunder to lock him up long term

For the foreseeable future, Grant Jerrett can call himself an NBA player because of his rare and coveted ability, as a 6-foot-10 power forward, to accurately shoot the three.
by Anthony Slater Published: July 27, 2014

In his only college season at Arizona, Jerrett shot better than 40 percent from deep. Last season in Tulsa, while averaging 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, Jerrett’s 3-point percentage dipped to 36.4.

But as a guy who projects as a stretch four — Jerrett once compared his game to New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson — his shot chart remained appealing. For the 66ers, he made 43 percent of his corner 3-pointers, including seven of his 14 attempts from the right corner.

In the Thunder’s star-driven offense, led by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, those are the types of shots Jerrett is likely to get and would need to hit.

He’s still a long way, physically, from being able to get on the court. And once healthy, it projects as an even steeper road to actually make an NBA impact, with the Thunder’s frontcourt stacked with trusted veterans and emerging youngsters.

But with Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison set to hit free agency after the season, Jerrett seems to be part of the team’s long-term planning. His recent deal is the latest and greatest example.