Feb 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) shoots over Detroit Pistons small forward Khris Middleton (32) during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Pacers win 90-72. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Granger is the X-Factor for Indiana Pacers

Facebook Question of the Day from Craig D.  “Who do you think is the X factor in pacers to be able to make a run at a championship?”  

I feel like this question could have a few different answers. You could start with Lance Stephenson as I know what an impact he made at different points last season throughout games.  He brought that energy to the starting line up that they were missing at times. He was able to push the ball up and down the court with some idea to get easy baskets.  During the playoffs, he even asked to defend Lebron James in that Miami Heat series.  When he was on, the Pacers looked like a different team.  But he still made those silly mistakes, like a bad pass that ultimately got him yanked for a bit during a blowout game. He’s got to correct those type of things, like knowing when to push the ball and when to make the simple pass, not the highlight pass.  This season will be an interesting one to see how he handles whatever change might come because of another guy I will talk about in this article, and who I fully believe could be that x-factor for the Indiana Pacers.

Next up, you could look at some of the new guys being brought in here.  Luis Scola sounds like he’s going to be a fine piece for the big men.  Chris Copeland is a deadly three point shooter that wants to extend his game all around.  C.J. Watson could be a solid back up point guard.  All three of these guys are looked to be big improvements for a bad bench unit last season.  They all need to fit in, and play their role up to make this a solid bench team as well.  This Pacers team could be different from most teams in having a rotation of 10 guys that can all contribute.  These three are legit x-factors as well.

But as my title suggest, I am going with Danny Granger. Here’s a guy coming off a season in which he only played five games.  The knee problems looked to be worse than anticipated.  I still believe he can contribute for this team, and I even think he could be the starting small forward based upon the guys that are here now. It seems to make much more sense to move Lance Stephenson back to the second unit in that shooting guard position, so Copeland could play the small forward, and everyone else fills out their positions. I also feel like Granger has enough respect of guys around here that they believe in him.  You could see it last season when Granger hit his first basket of the season, and all the guys came off the bench to celebrate with him. That shows me what an impact Granger can have on this team, and he’s the x-factor for a championship run.

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