Indiana currently holds the best record in the Eastern Conference, and the addition of a healthy Granger will be huge for the team, especially as the playoffs come closer. Granger has been more than happy to accept a bench role and play around 24-26 minutes per game, and he has excelled as the leading scorer off the bench.
Through Granger's last five games, he has averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 26.8 minutes per game. Obviously, those minutes are a very positive sign for the Pacers as they continue to test Granger's often-injured body, but he has stayed healthy and is improving. Granger brings excellent scoring off the bench and great veteran experience.
In past seasons with the Pacers, Granger has been the No. 1 scorer, but he is very content in his current role as a part of the supporting cast. There is no doubt that Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and Lance Stephenson are the leaders of this Indiana Pacers team, but Granger is the player that solidifies their bench efforts each and every night. If Indiana continues to get double-figure scoring totals on a nightly basis, the Pacers' bench is quite arguably the best in the NBA.
There are some things that Granger still needs to improve in, especially getting to the rim around his opponent. His quickness and explosiveness aren't quite back yet, but they are improving noticeably each and every night. He hasn't lost his confidence in his shot, and his teammates are making sure that they get him the basketball in positions to get open looks. Having a guy as efficient from behind the arc is something that the Pacers didn't have last season, and will certainly help against teams like the Miami Heat.
All that being said, the Pacers are very excited about the future of this season for Granger. It doesn't appear likely that he will be back in Indiana next season, but the Pacers aren't motivated to trade him just to make a move.
Expect Danny Granger to be with the Pacers and to help them make a run at their first NBA championship.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Indiana Pacers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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