We has fans have watched Danny Granger struggle in the early part of this season. For the past couple of seasons we have also seen our fair share of the "trade Granger for ______" (filling in the blank with the likes of Al Jefferson, Nick Young, Kevin Love, and others.) The time for this talk is over and here is why.
Granger may not be shooting the ball like he has in seasons past; we have known Granger to be a slow starter, particularly early in the season and pre-season. While he has never quite been this porous since his first two seasons in the League, one could argue that he has had to defer and facilitate to his teammates now quite more.
Has dbcb pointed out in a recent post about Granger, he is performing much more in clutch situations than in seasons past. He is also playing excellent defense has is the whole team for the most part helping the team to be around 3rd overall in Points Allowed.
Granger has been the pillar for the entire franchise since the rebuilding began following The Brawl. The Pacers have continually struggled to put out a competitive team and Granger marched on and led in his own way with whomever he had to play with.
We all knew this team would need more playmakers and all-star caliber talent to win consistently. They have that adding in pieces like DC, Hibbert, Hansbrough, and George, all all-star candidates and all of whom are young with rising stock this season, why? Because they are hungry and their best years are ahead of them.
Yes like I said Granger is having one of his worst starts shooting the ball but the Pacers are WINNING! Wins are the bottom line in this league. Granger will eventually knock down the shots we know he can and when he does this team will be even better for it, because he isn't the heart and soul of this team but another cog that helps this team put up the W. It's no longer as Danny goes, so go the Pacers.
But does that mean we should consider trading him? Or hate on him in the FanPosts?
Take a good long look at the 76s game on Jan. 9 where Granger couldn't go because of food poisoning. While he may not have to be the whole offensive game plan for the Pacers he is still and major and integral part of what the Pacers do both offensively and defensively.
I will take his 2012 salary of $12,015,904 (according to Espn.com), his career 18 points per game, and career 43% from the field. I will take his 84% from the free-throw line, and his newfound ability to get steals on the defensive end at 2 per game this season. I will take what Granger offers this team night in and night out with his experience, tenacity, and work ethic over any other player out there you could get for the same price. You should too.
Danny Granger hits tough 3-pointer vs Raptors (12/28/11) (via Richardson20111005)