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Derrick Rose wants Pistons to give Jerami Grant an even greener light

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Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose is a big believer of his much-improved teammate Jerami Grant. The youngest MVP in league history was all praises after the versatile forward led Detroit to an impressive 120-100 win over reigning Eastern Conference champions Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on Saturday.

Per Rod Beard of the Detroit News, Rose made a case for Grant as the Pistons’ new main man and suggested that he should be getting more looks from head coach Dwyane Casey’s offense.

Jerami Grant continues to impress in his first season in Motown, producing all-around numbers of 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting including three 3-pointers, along with nine boards, six assists, two steals, and four blocked shots. He is proving to be an early frontrunner for the Most Improved Player of the Year award in his seventh season in the league.

In 11 games in Motor City, the 6-foot-8 forward is norming career-highs of 24.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 1.2 blocks.

Grant is definitely proving naysayers wrong who claimed that the Pistons overpaid him with that 3-year, $60 million contract in the offseason. After all, he was mostly utilized as a defensive-minded winger back in early seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Denver Nuggets.

His stellar play has certainly earned him the respect of Derrick Rose. The Pistons, who have only won three of their first 12 games of the season, also received valuable contribution from Rose off the bench. The 32-year-old guard played just 21 minutes after missing two games due to injury, but still put up 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

Rose has already accepted his role as the Pistons’ leader of that second unit. Looks like he already gave Grant his blessing to assume the role of top dog for the team.