April 03, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) and shooting guard Paul George (24) celebrate during the game against the New York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated New York 112-104. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Granger: Indiana Pacers are Contenders Now

“We really are title contenders now and we have to show it.” comes right from an article with Danny Granger by Scott Agness of the Indiana Pacers.    This is the feeling that I get when I hear fans talking up the Pacers team, and now I believe THE TEAM is feeling this way.  They’re not the defending champs of the Eastern Conference, but I do believe they’ll want to play with that extra chip on their shoulder to contend with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, and whoever else might pop up into that top tier of the East.

Sure, we don’t know what part Danny Granger will play, but you better believe that he’s ready to go, and if he’s even close to what he was before, then the Pacers have already improved along with the added pieces like Luis Scola and Chris Copeland. I think just having Danny Granger on the court as a scoring option is something the Pacers will make the most out of it.  I don’t know if he’ll be that same dynamic scorer he was just a few years back, but with all the talent here in Indy, he doesn’t need to be that.

I think he’s at that point as well that he won’t believe he’ll need to be that type of person. He can complement Paul George or David West in what they’re doing.  He can come off the bench in that sixth man role, and really become someone like Shawn Marion, who I believe really made that almost a different kind of position. Or someone like Manu Ginobli, who probably would start on quite a few teams in the NBA. But he’s a guy that is fine with his role, and plays it the best he can. If Granger can get double figures in scoring consistently, that’s going to be a big asset for the team.

His defense is probably a bit underrated at times as well as he’s had to deal with Lebron James and company back when the Pacers were  in the playoffs in that second round against the Heat.  Danny Granger has been around here for quite some time, and I know he’s probably not going to stay an Indiana Pacer after this season, but personally I would love to see it. I think it would be awesome to have quite a few players wear the Blue and Gold their entire careers, and maybe Granger can somehow stick around here after this season.

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