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GrangerRanger
07-15-2008, 08:39 PM
http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9474

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On the afternoon of the NBA Draft, Indiana's Danny Granger went from being just another one of the guys on the team to "the man" for the Pacers.

Although the Jermaine O'Neal deal that sent him to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for point guard T.J. Ford and center Rasho Nesterovic didn't become final until July 9, Granger instantly felt the effects of the Pacers losing their lone superstar and six-time All-Star.

But now it is Granger, the Pacers 6-9 starting forward, who will be looked upon to help lead Indiana's rebuilding project.

"With Jermaine gone, the job just got a lot harder, "Granger told HOOPSWORLD while busy conducting offseason workouts in Las Vegas. "It's a lot more on my shoulders, on Mike's (Dunleavy) shoulders and even Jeff Foster has been around for years, but we have to take this team to the next level."

Not only did Granger lose a teammate in O'Neal though, he also lost a close friend on the Pacers who helped mentor Danny when Indiana selected him 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of Mexico.

"It's going to hurt a little bit. Jermaine was such a presence inside, offensive and defensively, so losing him is going to hurt. He'll do fine in Toronto."

O'Neal's departure now provides Granger the opportunity to pick up where he left off from his career season last year. Granger started 80 games for Indiana and averaged 19.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while also ranking 10th in the league in three-point field goals made (171).

Yet packaging O'Neal an oft-injured player rumored to go everywhere from the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Jersey Nets the past two seasons to the Raptors wasn't the only move Pacers' team president and general manager Larry Bird pulled off on draft night. He also brought in point guard Jarrett Jack and forward Josh McRoberts from Portland, while also acquiring former Kansas Jayhawk Brandon Rush in the trade to go along with Roy Hibbert in the Toronto deal.

It is Hibbert, the 7-2 center from Georgetown, who is being pegged to instantly fill the void in the middle.

"It looks good," Granger admitted regarding Indiana's new additions so far this offseason.

"We have to great point guards with Jarrett Jack and T.J. Ford two point guards who play two different ways and they are going to help us a lot. We picked up some good kids in (Roy) Hibbert and Brandon Rush, so we are going to be okay."

So while Granger eagerly anticipates what should be a re-birth of sorts in Indiana surely with some growing pains along the way he's steadily preparing in Vegas this summer with "a lot of one-on-one scoring" along with his "defensive efforts" knowing fully what will be expected of him heading into next season

"I'll just do whatever it takes for this team." Granger said.

What more can you really ask for?

Hicks
07-15-2008, 08:42 PM
Hopefully for all of us, those one-on-one sessions pay off this fall.

rexnom
07-15-2008, 08:55 PM
Wait. Danny made 171 threes last year? Tenth in the league. Wow. Good for him.

JayRedd
07-15-2008, 09:09 PM
Fourth most in Pacer history actually. Not sure who this other guy is, but Dunleavy had a historic number of makes too.

Says J'OB...

"If I say I'm a three-point man, you will agree."

"There's a whole ocean of threes right beneath your feet. No one can create spacing except me."

"I have a competition in me. I want no one else to post up. I hate post people...I see the worst in post people. I don't need to look past seeing them to get all I need. I've built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Danny. To have you here gives me a second breath. I can't keep doing this on my own with these...post people."

"Drainage! Drainage, Danny."



3-Pt Field Goals
<TABLE class=wide_table><TBODY><TR><TD align=right>1.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>229</TD><TD>1996-97</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>2.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>195</TD><TD>1994-95</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>3.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>180</TD><TD>2001-02</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>4.</TD><TD>Danny Granger (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/grangda01.html)</TD><TD align=right>171</TD><TD>2007-08</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>5.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>170</TD><TD>2000-01</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>6.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>168</TD><TD>1995-96</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>7.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>167</TD><TD>1992-93</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>8.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>165</TD><TD>1999-00</TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD>Mike Dunleavy (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/dunlemi02.html)</TD><TD align=right>165</TD><TD>2007-08</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>10.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>164</TD><TD>1997-98</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/IND/leaders_season.html

aceace
07-15-2008, 09:13 PM
Danny was the man last year... there's nothing new under the sun. It will be interesting to see how much more he improves.

Haggard
07-15-2008, 09:27 PM
We picked up some good kids in (Roy) Hibbert and Brandon Rush, so we are going to be okay."


Seems like yesterday Danny was just a 'kid' himself... Our little boy is growing up so fast.

underwave
07-15-2008, 09:44 PM
i know granger is still young player(age wise) but somehow under the circumstances he became the man. but my concern is can he be the 'VOCAL' leader of the team? if he can't is there any other candidate on the team?(i saw last season's games but it seems as if there wasn't much conversation and talking going on) any thoughts?

LoneGranger33
07-15-2008, 10:46 PM
I wouldn't mind having Jeff lead the team. Not statistically, of course.

Dece
07-15-2008, 10:55 PM
I've always felt like you really need your best player on defense do be a vocal leader, to get on guys who give up on plays, tell people where to be if they slip up.

I think Danny could be our best defensive player, he's solid, but sometimes he closes out too hard, or is too aggressive on shot fakes and gets blown by. I hope that this year he really improves on those two things to become a not good, but great defender. Then he will be all-star worthy, and worthy of being the "man".

maragin
07-16-2008, 12:13 AM
I wouldn't mind having Jeff lead the team. Not statistically, of course.

I'm not sure how much I would drink in celebration of Jeff Foster made the All-Star squad.

PaceBalls
07-16-2008, 12:22 AM
"Not only did Granger lose a teammate in O'Neal though, he also lost a close friend on the Pacers who helped mentor Danny when Indiana selected him 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of Mexico."

que?

Pacers4Life
07-16-2008, 04:32 AM
"Not only did Granger lose a teammate in O'Neal though, he also lost a close friend on the Pacers who helped mentor Danny when Indiana selected him 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of Mexico."

que?

love the message...poorly written

TMJ31
07-16-2008, 06:32 AM
Loving the There Will Be Blood references JayRedd.

Brilliant film

rexnom
07-16-2008, 11:07 AM
Loving the There Will Be Blood references JayRedd.

Brilliant film
Shhh...we try not to acknowledge him in hopes that the pop-culture references will eventually stop...

JayRedd
07-16-2008, 11:34 AM
...says the guy with the Balki Bartokomous avatar.

Naptown_Seth
07-16-2008, 12:06 PM
3-Pt Field Goals
<TABLE class=wide_table><TBODY><TR><TD align=right>1.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>229</TD><TD>1996-97</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>2.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>195</TD><TD>1994-95</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>3.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>180</TD><TD>2001-02</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>4.</TD><TD>Danny Granger (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/grangda01.html)</TD><TD align=right>171</TD><TD>2007-08</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>5.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>170</TD><TD>2000-01</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>6.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>168</TD><TD>1995-96</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>7.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>167</TD><TD>1992-93</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>8.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>165</TD><TD>1999-00</TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD>Mike Dunleavy (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/d/dunlemi02.html)</TD><TD align=right>165</TD><TD>2007-08</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>10.</TD><TD>Reggie Miller (http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/millere01.html)</TD><TD align=right>164</TD><TD>1997-98</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

I believe the top 2 attempts on the list are in years with the arc moved in as well, so add that to the perspective. With the arc at the current distance Reggie's MOST 3s was 180, and that was his famous speciality.

Yeah, JOB likes to drink the 3 point milkshake alright.