Closing out our series of articles concerning the starting lineup for the 2012-13 Indiana Pacers, we come to the team captain. Small forward/shooting guard Danny Granger leads an Indiana Pacers squad filled with young swagger and veteran talent.
Granger, who will be entering his eighth pro season (all with the Pacers), may be surrounded by the most talented group of teammates he has ever shared the court with. When the Pacers took Granger in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft, the team was in a transition period, that they have just recently came out of. New coaches and and the swapping of former Pacers in exchange for expiring contracts caused an influx of confusion for Indiana, which resulted in several seasons where the team missed the NBA Playoffs.
Danny Granger was forced into a lead role on this team early in his career. Granger became a full-time starter for the Pacers in his second season, and was named as the NBA’s Most Improved Player and an All-Star two seasons later.
As the Pacers continued their transitional period, Granger became one of the only players to remain on the Indiana roster, as this new team and coaching staff emerged through a youth movement.
Danny Granger is the longest-tenured player on the Indiana Pacers roster. As he reaches his 30th birthday next April, Danny should no longer have to worry about being the best player on a sub-par team. His younger teammates have shown the ability to become superstars in their own right. If the rest of this starting lineup can play to their potential, Granger may finally find himself as an equally important piece of a team full of superstars.