Danny Granger played in just five games in the 2012-2013 NBA season for the Indiana Pacers as he tried to return from injury. In those five games, it was clear that the 30-year-old forward was not himself as he struggled to get anything going. Subsequently, the Pacers shut him down again, looking for him to return in the 2013-2014 campaign at full strength.
Now that training camp has been underway for the Pacers and the preseason is set to begin on Monday in a contest with the Chicago Bulls, though, it’s time for Granger’s return to the floor. Most reports seem to indicate that Granger will come off of the bench in the first preseason game, a different role than he played the last time he was fully healthy. Given that, what can we expect to see from Granger?
Starting with the basics, Granger has showed over his career that he is a talented offensive player. For his career, he has averaged 18.1 points and two assists per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor and a solid 38.4 percent from three. He’s also been a solid team defender over his career and a decent rebounder from the position.
Considering that it is only a preseason game, it’s hard to expect much from anyone. In Granger’s case, though, it will be intriguing to see how his injuries have affected his overall game. We need to see if the back and knee injuries affect his ability to attack and create his own shot, as well as how it affects his rebounding and ability to help the team defensively.
Like I said, it’s just one preseason game that you can’t put too much stock into. However, this is the first clean look we’ve had at Granger in quite a while, so he does have a small amount to prove. He should be in a role off of the bench where he’ll have the opportunity to show what he’s able to do and I’m sure the Pacers are eager to see what exactly he’ll be able to do for them this year.