Danny Granger is on the verge of playing in his 19th game of the season, the most games he’s played in a season since 2011-12.
The 6-9 forward out of New Mexico missed all but five games in the 2012-13 season, as his teammates battled their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, before their elimination at the hands of the Miami Heat. Danny cheered from the bench with a knee injury.
Granger attempted a comeback in the preseason back in October of 2013. Halting his comeback was another injury, this time a calf strain that was expected to keep him out “about three weeks,” according to team officials.
However, three weeks turned into 25 games as the Pacers bolted out of the gates to start the season. As the former leading scorer for Indiana, it was tough to watch for the 30-year-old veteran.
It was a relief for Granger as he finally was able to get some game action under his belt in game 26 of this season. Danny hasn’t missed a beat ever since. He leads the bench scoring for Indiana at 8.6 points per game, absorbing all of the reserve wing minutes.
Despite his playing consistency, his numbers are way down, obviously due to his smaller role. But make no mistake, Granger still has plenty of room for improvement and could certainly assert himself a little more during the game.
With his abilities, Danny Granger should be averaging 10.0+ points a game. He typically takes between 8-13 shots throughout the course of a game, enough to score ten or more points. Factor in three-point field goals and potential free-throw attempts, and there is no excuse Granger can’t put up double-figures in scoring on a nightly basis.
As the second half of the season gets underway, I fully expect Granger to be more aggressive as he normally gets off to a slow start. It is reasonable to believe he still doesn’t have his legs back entirely.
If Granger is willing to sacrifice some playing time for a championship, he has to be a big component off the bench.