After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Danny Granger has missed the first few weeks of the season and is closing in on a return, maybe by this week. Granger is a former All-Star and brings great scoring and defense to the court every time he steps on it, but does he deserve a starting spot?
While Granger has been rehabbing over the past year, young guard Lance Stephenson has been filling in nicely and is becoming one of the most exciting and explosive players in the NBA. You could say Stephenson is taking advantage of his opportunity, and he’s been doing it well. Stephenson has already recorded a triple-double this season and is bringing a lot of energy to this Pacers squad. The Indiana Pacers have built great chemistry dating back to last season with the lineup of George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert. Granger is a very solid player, but would putting him in the starting lineup help or hurt Indiana?
It wouldn’t necessarily hurt Indiana, but they would be a better team with Granger coming off the bench. Like I said earlier, the Pacers have chemistry with this lineup and everything and everyone fits well together. There is no need to mess with that. Although I’m sure Granger would like to play with the starters and all, even he said in the past he just wants to do the best thing for the team. Coming off the bench would benefit Granger because 1) Limited minutes would decrease chances of injury and 2) He would have the matchup advantage almost every game he plays. Granger is a very capable starter and playing off the bench would cause tremendous matchup issues in favor of himself and the Pacers.
Hopefully Granger is able to return this week so we can see how much of an immediate impact he has. It may take some time to adjust, but it will be interesting to see if he does play off the bench and how he does. Granger is a great player and even though he has battled injury problems the past season and few weeks, he can still make a very positive impact for the Pacers.