But let's get real. Granger is not playing "spot" minutes; he is a rotational player and the first wing off the bench. He starts when either wing is not available. Now it would be correct to state that Granger plays spot minutes at the backup PF position, primarily when Scola is in foul trouble or when Vogel needs a defender with a lot more versatility / mobility than what Scola brings to the court.
To say that Granger is a "little" better than OJ is such a blatantly inaccurate statement to such a degree that it might cause other posters to begin to question the many enlightening, exceptional posts that you contribute. From my opinion, it wasn't just Danny's return that limited OJ's minutes. I believe OJ was playing himself out of the regular rotation before Danny even returned.
He has been awful this road trip. If Solo or Orlando or Sual had been playing like this, they would have lost that rotation spot for the time being. I see no reason to treat him any differently than those 3 guys. Sure, he gave a lot to us over the years, but except for Granger Vogel has shown that he plays the best player at that time, not the player that is payed the most. Don't see why he is not doing it here. Yes, when Granger is playing well he is better than those 3 guys, but when he's been as bad as he has been this road trip, I don't see a reason to not try out Sual, Lando, or even Cope.
Danny fans want to make it seem like he is having some impact on the court when honestly Danny has been giving us close to nothing offensively.
Granger has had a big impact so far off the bench. He's the scoring element of the bench.
The last I checked our bench scoring was up 6 ppg since Granger returned. And for those who think he looked bad for the past 2 games, yes his scoring is down but he also wasn't getting the minutes. Granger's defense has been been better then Paul's or Lance's for the past 2 games.
January has actually be PG's lowest scoring month, yet our team is scoring more. Wonder if the nearly 9ppg from Danny has anything to do with that...
To sit there and say Danny just hasn't had an impact is ridiculous. He's clearly made our bench better. And thats even with his poor shooting so far.
Danny hasn't made anything better, he even admits he has been struggling lately.
Danny Granger on Struggles Since Return: 'There's a Big Mental Road Block'
The left knee, the one I had problems with, it's continually getting better. But right now, there's a big mental road block, honestly, because I hadn't pushed off the thing the way I wanted to in the last year and a half. So coming back from that — even though it is stronger and it is healed — I've got to get over some mental hurdles.
And why are you posting that article? What does it have to do with anything? That Danny isn't 100%? Well yeah, we kinda knew that. But that doesn't mean he isn't helping. He's better than OJ, Rasual or Solo who were playing in his place.
Since his return, the Pacers have been doing a better job in 2nd quarters. Our bench usually plays longer in that period, so it makes a good case for Danny since he's a backup forward for the team.
Sure, he's not scoring as he used to be. But he's not attempting as much as before. And yeah, he's passing more and feeding his teammates for better scoring opportunities. So it's no surprise that his addition coincides with improved bench play.
Also we scored 104 tonight with PG struggling and no starter scoring 20+.
This started because someone posted a stat stating that the Pacers have been scoring 100 points more often since Danny returned so the fact Danny is struggling offensively is proof Danny has nothing to do with it. It has more to do with PG playing better along with us playing weaker teams since the return of Danny.
There is a reason Danny didn't return during the LAC, SA, OKC stretch he would have been embarrassed out there, he came back when we started playing weaker teams.
And it also makes sense to get multiple 100-point games with addition of Danny. It's just simply saying we replace 2 or 3ppg from OJ/Solo with at least 8ppg and an assist or 2 from Danny while assuming PG as the constant 20+ppg scorer that he is capable of.
It's hard to shoot yourself into game shape when you have plenty of competent help.
I see DG passing off a lot more now, and he should.
Otherwise he'd be stupidly shooting like 4 for 21!:confused:
None the less it will take him a little longer to regain his form.
No one is saying Danny is the saving grace to this team, or that this team even needed one honestly. But he has made this team better at both ends of the floor. To sit there and deny it is laughable. Our strength of schedule is what it is. And its gonna stay the same the rest of the year http://regressing.deadspin.com/heres...ule-1502304453. The East just sucks, SOS is kinda stupid this year because of it.
And Danny isn't struggling offensively, he's struggling shooting. He has been moving the ball very well on offense and has shown comfort operating from the perimeter and the post.
When someone post a stat saying...
How is that not making it seem like Danny alone made the difference?Quote:
In the 25 games prior to Danny Granger coming back, the Pacers scored 100+ 4 times, 110+ 1 time, and gave up 100+ points 6 times.
In the 18 games since Granger's return the, the Pacers have scored 100+ 10 times, 110+ 4 times, and gave up 100+ points only twice.
Our bench has been significantly better since Danny returned. No one can dispute that as it is supported by every possible statistical evidence.
Why is the bench better? Because we have simply added one more offensive option. Teams still have to respect Granger's 3 point shooting. And they cannot get away by putting a small player on him either because he has exhibited the ability to punish a smaller defender in the post. He's also passing pretty well and contributing to the offensive flow. Even when his shot is off he still commands respect. Orlando and Solo didn't command respect on the offensive end.
That's why the bench has been playing better ever since Danny returned. Every player helps to make the team better.