REAL HOOPERS: DANNY GRANGER

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  • SF
  • 6’9, 222 lbs
  • 17th Overall Pick, 2005 NBA Draft (IND)
  • College: New Mexico State (transfer from Bradley)
  • Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Career Stats: 16.8 pts, 4.9 reb, 1.9 ast
  • 1 x NBA All-Star, 2005-06 All Rookie, 2008-09 Most Improved

Standout Seasons: 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11

  • 2008-09: 67 GP/ GS, 36.2 MPG, 25.8 PTS, 5.1 REB, 2.7 AST, 1.0 STL, 1.4 BLK, 87.8 FT%, 44.7 FG%, 40.4 3PT%, 2.7 3PM
  • 2009-10: 62GP/ GS, 36.7 MPG, 24.1 PTS, 5.5 REB, 2.8 AST, 1.5 STL, 0.8 BLK, 84.8 FT%, 42.8 FG%, 36.1 3PT%, 2.5 3PM
  • 2010-11: 79 GP/ GS, 35 MPG, 20.5 PTS, 5.4 REBS, 2.6 AST, 1.1 STL, 0.8 BLK, 84.8 FT%, 42.5 FG%, 38.6 3PT%, 2.3 3PM

A sharpshooting swingman with a feisty on-court demeanour, Danny Granger had a short run as the focal point of the post-brawl Pacers. After a handful of seasons in which he displayed prolific two-way play, injuries derailed his ascent into bonafide all-star-dom. At his peak, Granger posted the gaudiest of stats. One of the rare players capable of scoring 20ppg whilst averaging at least 1 block and 1 steal per game. Add his three-point marksmanship and you get the profile of a prototypical two-way star. AKA the ideal first option in the modern NBA. This impressive skill-set led to one All Star bid and the Most Improved Player Award for the 2008-09 season. The 17th overall pick from New Orleans, Louisiana was a stabilising force for the post brawl Pacers. He, along with Paul George represented the bright future of the franchise. Unfortunately, Granger wasn’t the star he promised to be. Once the Pacer’s deep playoff runs commenced Granger was constantly inury-stricken. If Granger had remained injury-free, the Pacers-Heat rivalry could have potentially gone in favour of the Indiana Pacers. The swingman, who showed glimpses of being a transcendent two-way demigod closed out his career with stints on the Heat and the Clippers. Granger is another player which will forever have a ‘what-if?’ attached to him and his potential. During his short prime, Granger was a true talent and this makes him worthy of being one of LO-FI The Magazine’s ‘Real Hoopers’.

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