Indiana Pacers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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10. Danny Granger

8 and a half seasons of Danny Granger‘s NBA career were spent with the Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, a fairly large chunk of his time with the team was plagued by injury, but when Granger was healthy and at full strength, he was a force to be reckoned with.

At one time, Danny Granger was one of the best two-way players in the game. He was no slouch on defense and could create matchup problems for his opponents, and he could absolutely light people up from anywhere on the offensive side of the ball too.

From long-range, Granger was a flamethrower, with several seasons ending in a 3 point percentage hovering around 40 percent or above. His points per game numbers are also impressive, with four seasons being right around 20 points or above, plateauing in his 2008-2009 season where he scored about 26 points a night and found himself on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

In a move that is still despised by many, the Indiana Pacers eventually traded away Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Evan Turner, who never meshed well with the team at all. It was a move that seemed to destroy the team’s chemistry and is thought to be the canary in the coalmine for the ensuing downturn of the Paul George-era Pacers.