The Indiana Pacers have been blowing out opponents as of late. And now they even have more good news, according to Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star. Here’s the good news:
Danny Granger will make his season debut tonight in Detroit, according to a source.
— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) February 23, 2013
Danny Granger had been practicing since the end of January. For a while, there were rumbles about Granger being on the trading block but Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard shut that down. Granger had been out and hasn’t played a game this season since he received an injection in November to treat left patellar tendinosis. With Granger out, Paul George emerged as an all-star.
Granger had been expected to be back in February, anyway, so his return was basically on schedule. He will help a Pacer team that has trouble scoring (93.8 points, which is good for 24th in the league). Granger, who averages 18.2 points per game for his career, will help space the floor on the offensive end. The Pacers continue to beat up opponents on defensive end as they are first in defensive rating. If Granger and the newly-minted all-star George can mesh well together on offense, the Pacers will become even more deadly.
At some point, they do have to think about his future. Paul George needs to be extended soon and Granger is earning quite a lot of money. Will the Pacers extend the both of them or just choose one or the other? That’s something to ponder about this summer.
Danny Granger has been with the organization since 2005, when he was drafted as the 17th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 18.7 points last year and shot 38.1 percent behind the arc. Granger had his best year in 2008-09 when he finished fifth in the league in scoring with 25.8 points per game. He was chosen as an All-Star that season for the only time in his career and won the Most Improved Player award. Granger had been their leading scorer in the past five seasons.