Danny Granger Could Be the X-Factor For Miami Heat

By Kareem Gantt
Danny Granger, Miami Heat
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It was not too long ago that Danny Granger was considered one of the premier scorers in the NBA. But in 2012, he suffered patellar tendinitis that forced him to nearly miss the entire season.

To add injury to insult, his Indiana Pacers teammate Paul George emerged as the new star of the team, and Granger was all but forgotten about as an elite scorer. But now, he has a chance to reclaim his past glory as one of the game’s best scorers with his new team, the Miami Heat.

With LeBron James having defected back to his hometown of Cleveland, Granger has the rare opportunity to show that he can still be an offensive threat in this league. Although he will have to do it from the bench, as Luol Deng will occupy the starting small forward spot, he can provide the Heat with an offensive punch from the bench that was not there even during the “big three” era.

Granger displayed in spots last season with the Los Angeles Clippers that he still has game, and there is no doubt in my mind that Granger could very well rise to become one of the league’s best sixth men. If he can, then the Heat could very well be a scary team next season, as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be more comfortable in leading Miami’s offensive assault.

Granger is the X-factor for the Heat next season. If he can fully recapture his game, happy days could be here again in South Florida.

Kareem Gantt covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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