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    Default Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

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    Q. What exactly will Danny Granger's role be on the Pacers? It seems as if he could play either forward position, but is favored towards the small forward spot. But the Pacers seem deep from that position with (Ron) Artest, (James) Jones and (Stephen) Jackson. And if (Jonathan) Bender is able to get healthy he may be able to contribute. So would it not be more prudent for Granger to be backup power forward? The Pacers have depth there, but it is questionable. Austin Croshere seemed to struggle much of the season and Bender is injured. Granted, (Jeff) Foster and Dale Davis could move over and cover, but they are needed at center. Or are the Pacers maybe looking to make a trade to fill a hole at power forward, while making room for Granger? Bird did say his draft pick would make an impact. (From Gary in Monrovia, IN)


    A. Considering the Pacers had no expectation Granger would be available to them with the No. 17 pick, it's not as if there is some long-term plan already in place. At the moment, they're celebrating the acquisition of a player they had ranked as No. 5 overall on their draft board. They're almost as happy about the selection of Erazem Lorbek in the second round. Even though he will remain in Italy at least one more season, Lorbek is a highly regarded young prospect in Europe and could turn out to be a steal.

    Granger fills the team's greatest need, and that is for quality depth at small forward. Behind Artest, the only backup at the moment is James Jones, who is a restricted free agent the team intends to re-sign. Jackson will be starting and playing almost all of his minutes at shooting guard. Bender, if healthy, will be primarily a power forward. That leaves Granger the opportunity to step right into the rotation as a rookie.

    Granger appears to be a player similar in profile to Jones 6-8, 225, played inside and outside in college, largely flew under the radar but with a much higher overall skill level. He has drawn comparisons to Scottie Pippen and Tayshaun Prince because of his length, versatility and basketball I.Q. This is a guy who led his team in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots, shot .524 from the field and .433 from the arc. In other words, this is a guy who does everything, and does it in volume.

    How his selection affects the team's plans for the summer remains to be seen but be sure his presence will have an impact and only for the positive.

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    [QUOTE= This is a guy who led his team in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots, shot .524 from the field and .433 from the arc. In other words, this is a guy who does everything, and does it in volume.

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    This quote right here is why I compare him to Shawn Marion. He reminds me so much like him both in his strenghts and weaknesses.

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    I think Shawn Marion is more of a 4... but very appropriate comparison! I am still uber happy with the draft... we can now afford to have a super unlucky season and still make it to the finals!

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    Averaging over 2 steals per game in college is an incredible number

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    What's Granger's wingspan?

    Anyone have any comparison to Prince's wingspan?

    Just like Reggie....I hate those frickin tree trunks of his.

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    7.1 1/2
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    I think you cant get any better basketballplayer than Granger, i have high expectations of him... I mean, this kid is PERFECT

    He is like 433% from 3PT arc, and 524% overall... Plus powerfull Defense and powerfull rebounding... Thats like a Combo between Reggie and Michael Jordan... he is simply perfect!!

    But he will probably be a benchwarmer behind Ronnie & JJ...

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    Watch he will beat out JJ in training camp and preseason for the back up SF job.

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

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    I'm guessing this is Danny's wingspan.

    Anyone know Prince's wingspan?
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    I'm guessing this is Danny's wingspan.

    Anyone know Prince's wingspan?
    According to this article,

    http://slate.msn.com/id/2102025/

    It's 7'2" or 7'3".

    If so, Granger is right there.

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    I've read everywhere between 7'0, and 7'2, this one says 7'0, so I'll give Tayshaun the average of 7'1, so it's pretty damn even with Danny.

    http://nbadraft.net/profiles/tayshaunprince.htm

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    Default Re: Conrad Brunner: What's the Best Role for Granger?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicks
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    According to this article,

    http://slate.msn.com/id/2102025/

    It's 7'2" or 7'3".

    If so, Granger is right there.
    Wow, man I can't wait to watch Danny play.

    During the college season I always wanted to try to catch a New Mexico game, because I was high on Granger and thought he might be around if we were to pick at 12 or so. I never caught a New Mexico game on TV though, and I'm so frustrated now.
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