I know Danny Granger has been talking about being more consistent, and to me, that’s about the only thing that he could improve upon in his return. But when you look at the overall picture of Granger being back, I think you have to feel good about where he is.
He looks to be moving up and down the court fine. Each minute he’s out there is another minute he’s playing harder. I think even in the back to back games, it’s important to watch how he’s going about his game. I’ve seen the aggressive side come out a bit more as he looks to get to the basket more.
I think as well shots will start falling. He’s gone for double figures in 5 out of the 8 games he’s played in, and that’s exactly what the second unit needs, some sort of scoring.
I feel like he’s playing well with Luis Scola and C.J. Watson, especially in that second unit. In the game against New Orleans, Watson and Granger were good parts in that comeback bid as the Pacers just looked out of sorts. Those are the small things that Granger won’t show on the stat line, but do get noticed. He also stopped up a layup from happening and caused a jump ball.
I’m sure he would love to be a starter, but the writing was on the wall after Lance Stephenson started coming alive in the first couple of months this season. Now there’s no turning back, Stephenson is the starter and Granger is the second unit guy. I still think you could see Granger get plenty of minutes out there on the floor, even if I feel like he doesn’t need those extra minutes until the time calls for.
I want to see more of him and George out there playing along side each other to see how that dynamic can work. Granger is a great leader out there on the floor and he can definitely help all avenues of playing. I know he wants to be out there as well because of all the bad seasons he’s been part of. This season has the chance to be something special, so Granger will fill his role to the best of his game.