Granger's Evolving Role Has Proven His Value to the Pacers

Lots of people say that no team with Danny Granger as its best player (or Roy Hibbert or David West, depending upon who you ask), can really be expected to do any better than the Pacers did last season. Well, Indy’s top exec Kevin Pritchard isn’t having any of it, so don’t expect a trade involving Granger anytime soon. (via HoopsWorld)

As the Indiana Pacers prepare for what should be their most successful season in years, there is one question that keeps popping up among those who take a long look at the team.

Have the Pacers gone as far as they can go with Danny Granger as their star?

“I don’t believe that,” Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard told HOOPSWORLD. “I don’t buy that at all.”

The way Pritchard sees it, Granger was forced to play a role he was not naturally fit for when the Pacers made him their focal point.

“Danny was put into a position a few years ago where he needed to score a lot, and now we don’t need his scoring as much, we need his overall game and he’s a heck of an overall player,” Pritchard said. “That’s what we need out of Danny and he gives it. He’s shown to be very unselfish, he’s given up a lot of his offense to be a better defensive player last year. We got the fifth-best record in the league last year, you don’t just say, ‘We don’t need him.’ That’s a bunch of baloney. I don’t believe that.”

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