Granger Danger!

Granger Danger!

The Indiana Pacers season doesn’t look very promising on paper. They lost a couple of free agents (Marquis Daniels and Jarrett Jack) while getting nothing in return, and signed Dahntay Jones (4 years: $11 million) which is a reach at best. They didn’t really do a lot to improve in the draft (except for North Carolina stand-out Tyler Hansbrough, who will start the season with an injury and no timetable to return). While they proved to be a scrappy bunch last year, handing losses to all of the big name teams, they also stunk up the joint against some of the league’s worst. This season looks to be more of the same for the great city of Indianapolis with the one bright spot being small forward Danny Granger. Granger burst onto the scene a year ago leading the Pacers in scoring with over 25 PPG. Not only can Granger shoot from the perimeter, but he has a feel for slicing through the cracks in the defense on his way to finish at the rack. He is an above-average rebounder for his position and is sound defensively, as well. If Granger can get his assist level up a little bit, his name will be mentioned in the same breath as LeBron and D-Wade, no lie. Look for the Pacer forward to become a household name this year. PG T.J. Ford will be leading the charge, but for how long? Durability has always been a problem for the oft-injured guard out of Texas. Troy Murphy will guarantee you a double double every night. While he is one of the best rebounders in the league, you can’t sleep soundly on his 3-point shooting, either. Second-year SG Brandon Rush will look to play like he did at the end of last season, when he averaged 24 PPG in their last three to add some scoring to this rather dull line up. Prodigy’s take: If this team didn’t have Granger, they would have nothing. Their total lack of defense and inability to put points up regularly are what kill this team. Another year, another lottery pick for the Pacers. Hey: at least you got the Colts to cheer for, Indy.