The Los Angeles Clippers signed Danny Granger Friday after the veteran forward cleared waivers. The former All-Star was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers after playing his first nine seasons with the Indiana Pacers. Philadelphia bought Granger out, affording him the opportunity to join a championship contender. Granger chose the Clippers, not only because he likes their chances to go the distance, but also because of the opportunity to play significant minutes.
Head coach Doc Rivers has used two different players at the starting small forward position so far this season. Jared Dudley started the first 42 games of the season before being replaced by Matt Barnes, who started the last 19 games. Both players have been inconsistent, leaving the door open for Granger to the snag the starting spot.
Granger missed most of the last two seasons, but he finally seems to be getting healthy. He is averaging eight points in 22 minutes per game since returning in late December. With J.J Redick missing more than half the season due to various injuries, Granger could see a lot of playing time right from the get-go.
It was only a couple of years ago when Granger was considered a franchise player and one of the most versatile forwards in the league. He can create for himself or spot up beyond the arc. He can play the power forward position if the Clippers want to go small. He is a capable defender who will fit into Rivers’ system with ease.
If Granger can return to his former self, he could help propel the Clippers to the NBA Finals. We’ll see what he can do when he suits up in a Clippers uniform for the first time Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns.