Jerami Grant's athleticism and bloodlines were enough to ensure that he would become a mid-first-round pick in the NBA draft. That was the thought.
The 20-year-old out of Syracuse slipped to the 76ers with the 39th overall pick Thursday night.
"With Jerami, we were shocked. I was shocked," said Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, whose team opens summer-league training camp on Monday. "Even Jerami, I think, was shocked. He anticipated that he would go considerably higher."
The Sixers believe they got a steal in the 6-foot-8, 214-pounder, who played power forward during his two seasons at Syracuse.
Grant has an advantage over most NBA rookies when it comes to seeking advice on being an effective player. And it's not just because he and Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams were teammates at Syracuse two seasons ago.