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duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 03:00 PM
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The headline of The Indianapolis Star's Sports section the morning after draft day in 2005 read, "PLEASANT SURPRISE, GRANGER IS A PACER." Danny Granger was picked at 17, and was a gleam of hope for a team coming off a disasterous season.


Looking back at Danny Granger's sophomore season, Al Harrington was brought back from Atlanta, and was expected to play next to Jermaine O'Neal for "One of the strongest frontcourts in all the NBA." This meant for Granger that he would have to come off the bench for Harrington, even after showing us some nice play late in his rookie season.


We all know the story of how that season played off, Harrington, Stephen Jackson, and Sarunas Jasikevicius were traded to Golden State for Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu, and Keith McCleod. This trade for Granger was a blessing in disguise.


After the trade, Danny moved up permanently into the starting lineup along with newly-aqquired Dunleavy and Murphy thus ending a sub-par season, riddled with losing streaks and injuries to Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley. The Pacers missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years, finishing 41-41.


The 2007-2008 season started with the Pacers playing really good ball. But again, injuries to key players (O'Neal, Diogu) slowed the team down, and the Pacers were playing sub-.500 ball.


Around the Spring of 2008, the team started to sync, even with the absence of Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, still out with injuries. Granger and Dunleavy took it upon themselves to make a run at the playoffs, unfortunately shying the final seed by one game to Atlanta. Granger averaged 19.6 points per game, up from 13 the prior year. Dunleavy finished slightly below Danny with an average of 19.1 points per game.


Towards the end of the 2007-2008 season, Danny Granger had a string of 3 straight games where he scored in the mid-thirties (30, 37, 35 respectively) helping the Pacers gain a playoff spot. Not only that, but he averaged 24.7 points in the last 10 games of the season. The talk around sports' networks and internet sites, and the fans stated that the best of Danny Granger is yet to come...


New faces and a new attitude surrounded the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, and the Pacers finished off a (stronger than expected) preseason after getting aquainted with one another on the court. Mike Dunleavy had missed almost the first half of the season, which left Granger the lone scoring threat on this fresh Pacers squad.


Danny started off the season putting up 33 points against Detroit in the season opener loss, and scoring 20 after getting his teeth busted out by acting as a cushion to Paul Pierce while diving for a loose ball during the home opener, giving Boston their first loss of the season. (Danny continued to play on with a big cheese, but no pearly-whites.)


Since then, Granger has been a scoring threat, averaging 25.5 points per game, and has finally found that he has other dimensions to his play. He is second in team rebounds, with 5.1 per game, and has 1.4 blocks per game. Danny has also hit the 30 point mark 10 times this season with two of them being a career-high 42 points, and 41 points.


Looking back at prior drafts, number 17 doesn't always get you a superstar, let alone a player that is staying in the top-five in scoring. (There are a few exceptions to this, but not many.) Calling Danny Granger a steal could be an understatement, but only time will tell.


Pleasant surprise, indeed.

MillerTime
01-06-2009, 03:07 PM
definately a (not at) steal at 17. No doubt.

Anthem
01-06-2009, 03:37 PM
Looking back at Danny Granger's sophomore season, Al Harrington was brought back from Atlanta, and was expected to play next to Jermaine O'Neal for "One of the strongest backcourts in all the NBA." This meant for Granger that he would have to come off the bench for Harrington, even after showing us some nice play late in his rookie season.
Typo?

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 03:41 PM
Typo?
Sorry, at work when wrote this.

Fixed, thanks.

MillerTime
01-06-2009, 03:50 PM
Sorry, at work when wrote this.

Fixed, thanks.

Theres a typo in the title:

I think it should read "Danny Granger - Still a Steal Three Years Later"

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 03:52 PM
Theres a typo in the title:

I think it should read "Danny Granger - Still a Steal Three Years Later"
Goodness...you guys. Sheesh.

It was an accident. I did mean "a". I didn't copy and paste the title straight from Cornrows with the rest of my blog.

travmil
01-06-2009, 04:01 PM
MillerTime is just a bit sensitive because when he first came here he rushed through his posts and everyone pointed out his typos in an effort to get him to take his time and make his thoughts more readable. He thinks this gives him the right to point out everyone else's once in a blue moon typos.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 04:03 PM
MillerTime is just a bit sensitive because when he first came here he rushed through his posts and everyone pointed out his typos in an effort to get him to take his time and make his thoughts more readable. He thinks this gives him the right to point out everyone else's once in a blue moon typos.
Nah, they're okay. I'm glad they said something because I don't want my credibility to drop to the readers who don't know me on IndyCornrows.

I just gave him a hard time about trade threads. :box:

GrangerRanger
01-06-2009, 04:08 PM
The 2007-2008 season started with the Pacers playing really good ball. But again, injuries to key players (O'Neal, Diogu) slowed the team down, and the Pacers were playing sub-.500 ball.


Sorry.. :(

Hicks
01-06-2009, 04:12 PM
You guys are too much.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 04:13 PM
Sorry.. :(


You guys are too much.

http://babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/2007/08/08-15/cursing.gif

lol I know.

travmil
01-06-2009, 04:20 PM
Looking back at prior drafts, number 17 doesn't doesn't always get you a superstar...

Someone throw in the white towel...

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 04:30 PM
So much for freakin' multitasking!

Dr. Awesome
01-06-2009, 04:34 PM
MillerTime is just a bit sensitive because when he first came here he rushed through his posts and everyone pointed out his typos in an effort to get him to take his time and make his thoughts more readable. He thinks this gives him the right to point out everyone else's once in a blue moon typos.

Ouch.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 04:36 PM
Guys, I apologize. Like I said, I wrote this while I was at work, because it was on my mind and I needed to get it out before I forgot.

I'm usually very good at catching my mistakes if there are any, but today is an exception.

Enjoy.

MillerTime
01-06-2009, 04:37 PM
MillerTime is just a bit sensitive because when he first came here he rushed through his posts and everyone pointed out his typos in an effort to get him to take his time and make his thoughts more readable. He thinks this gives him the right to point out everyone else's once in a blue moon typos.

My intention was just to point out the typo, not to rub it in (if thats what you're thinking)...especially considering Duke probably wants to post this in his blog...Im not being sensitive at all

Lord Helmet
01-06-2009, 06:53 PM
Damn. :laugh:

Anthem
01-06-2009, 07:07 PM
He thinks this gives him the right to point out everyone else's once in a blue moon typos.
I'm not sure what my excuse is then. :D

Poor duke. Don't worry boss, we kid because we care.

Major Cold
01-06-2009, 07:52 PM
Towards the end of the 2007-2008 season, Danny Granger had a string of 3 straight games where he scored in the mid-thirties (30, 37, 35 respectively) helping the Pacers gain a playoff spot. Not only that, but he averaged 24.7 points in the last 10 games of the season. The talk around sports' networks and internet sites, and the fans stated that the best of Danny Granger is yet to come...

Did we make the playoffs last season?

Lord Helmet
01-06-2009, 09:44 PM
Did we make the playoffs last season?
No, I believe the last time we actually made the playoffs was Danny's rookie season, which would be 2005-2006. Lost to the Nets in 6 games, IIRC.

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 11:18 PM
Did we make the playoffs last season?


No, I believe the last time we actually made the playoffs was Danny's rookie season, which would be 2005-2006. Lost to the Nets in 6 games, IIRC.
They were trying to help gain a playoff spot. That wasn't a typo!

YAY!

croz24
01-06-2009, 11:28 PM
too bad we didn't draft rondo the following year

duke dynamite
01-06-2009, 11:30 PM
too bad we didn't draft rondo the following year
Shoulda coulda

Hicks
01-07-2009, 01:32 AM
Well, when you say he helped them gain a spot, that's saying they got a spot.

MillerTime
01-07-2009, 03:40 AM
too bad we didn't draft rondo the following year

Too bad we didnt draft Redd instead of Primož Brezec
Too bad we didnt draft Carlos Boozer instead of Fred Jones
Too bad we didnt draft Paul Milsap instead of Shawne Williams

The list could go on and on for everytime

croz24
01-07-2009, 03:51 AM
Too bad we didnt draft Redd instead of Primož Brezec
Too bad we didnt draft Carlos Boozer instead of Fred Jones
Too bad we didnt draft Paul Milsap instead of Shawne Williams

The list could go on and on for everytime

the difference is the pacers were in dire need of a pg and most were projecting the selection of rondo or marcus williams. and i'm fairly certain redd, boozer, and millsap were all 2nd round selections.

DisplacedKnick
01-07-2009, 02:45 PM
Other than the first post I have no idea what this thread is about but I remember being profoundly PO'd when we didn't take him at 8 instead of "next to me the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man looks like Schwarzenager" Channing Frye.

SoupIsGood
01-07-2009, 04:52 PM
Well, when you say he helped them gain a spot, that's saying they got a spot.


True.

To back up MillerTime, I didn't read this thread at first because of the confusing title (I forget how it originally read). I don't think MT was being harsh or insensitive.