Indiana Pacers: 15 greatest shooters of all time

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Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers
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. SF. (2005-14). Danny Granger. 3. player. 100

It’s easy to forget because of all of his injury problems, but Danny Granger was a REALLY good player. The man could score from anywhere on the floor and at 6-foot-9, he was the precursor for the likes of Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

He was a fearless 3-point shooter that often earned trips to the free throw line, which is how most teams ideally want their stars to score. Imagine if the Pacers had a healthy Granger and a fully realized Paul George on some of those early 2010s teams.

Most Pacers fans will remember Granger’s three-year stretch between 2008-11, where he averaged 23.3 points with a .434/.384/.858 shooting line. For the purposes of this article, I will focus on his 3-point shooting, which was really good.

In nine seasons with the Pacers, Granger shot 38 percent from downtown on 4.6 attempts per game. His 964 made threes put him second (albeit a distant second) on the team’s all-time list.

Like a lot of ball-dominant players with a 3-point stroke, opponents had to respect Granger’s ability to drive to the cup and either get an easy layup or draw a foul. Thus, Granger cemented himself as one of the game’s best up-and-coming young players.

Then, he got bit by the injury bug. Granger only played in 75 or more games three times in his career. A myriad of leg injuries sapped him of his athleticism and he was never the same after that.

When thinking about Granger, it’s easy to wonder about what type of player he could have been, but the player he was ended up being pretty good, especially from 3-point range.