Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George is having a career season and earned his first All-Star selection this season. George is in his third season in the NBA and is averaging career highs across the board. George’s stat line looks like this: 17.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.8 SPG, and 0.7 BPG. George is clearly emerging as the best player on the Pacers roster and that is not good news for another player.
Danny Granger has yet to touch a basketball this season as he has been sidelined recovering from his knee treatment. Granger will have to ease his way back into the lineup, but how will he affect the team’s chemistry?
Granger has been the Pacers franchise player since Reggie Miller left the team and his scoring ability brings a lot to the Pacers. However, with George picking up the slack you have to wonder if Granger is expendable.
If I was the Pacers general manager I would start exploring some trades for Granger. Granger is a great scorer who can definitely help a team, but all he does is score. I like George’s game better and I think the Pacers should build their franchise around him.
George is younger and has more potential than Granger at this point in their careers. Furthermore, George is the superior defender and is probably the best one-on-one defender on the entire team. It will definitely be interesting to see if the lineup changes when Granger returns and if he will retain his “alpha dog” status.
I do not see the Pacers trading Granger away any time soon but down the road I think it could be an option for them to explore. George’s development should make it easier for the team to let go of Granger, but only time will tell at this point.