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    Now that we know that drafting Granger meant losing JJ, does anyone have some thoughts on others we might have drafted instead--and kept a strong backup at 3?

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    Actually, I think signing Saras meant losing JJ.

    And it all depends on how Granger does.

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    Next best choice would have been Greene... and he's a swingman as well.

    While we haven't seen him play an NBA game yet, I have no regrets about drafting Granger.

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

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    Next best choice would have been Greene... and he's a swingman as well.

    While we haven't seen him play an NBA game yet, I have no regrets about drafting Granger.
    No doubt the Pacers drafted the best player available. You can't pass up on his promising talent. I am confident he will put any doubters minds at ease, once the season starts

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    No way. It would have been stupid to give up Granger for JJ. Even if he's a bust, it's certainly more likely as of now he won't be, so it was definitely the right move.

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    I guess we're just a little more than a month from preseason, right? That should start to give us an idea of Granger's talent.

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    Indeed; this should be one of the more interesting preseasons in a long while. New uniforms, Artest is back, Sarunas is here, Granger is here, David has slimmed down, hell Bender may even play. A lot to look forward to. 6 weeks!

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

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    Now that we know that drafting Granger meant losing JJ, does anyone have some thoughts on others we might have drafted instead--and kept a strong backup at 3?
    No. When you start drafting based on need is when you start making mistakes.
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    Indeed; this should be one of the more interesting preseasons in a long while. New uniforms, Artest is back, Sarunas is here, Granger is here, David has slimmed down, hell Bender may even play. A lot to look forward to. 6 weeks!


    This is the first preseason where I might actually get a ticket to a game. There's just so much to look forward to, so many different directions our new guys could take.
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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    No. I'm not sure why, but I have the feeling that JJ is one of those guys that has a really good run but never gets it back. I think we have seen his best.

    But then, I only play a NBA scout on the internet, and I did not sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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    No and we would have been in the same financial situation we are in now. We still wouldn't have the money to sign him.
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    No and we would have been in the same financial situation we are in now. We still would have the money to sign him.
    This is a good point.

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    hell Bender may even play.
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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    No.

    JJ had the deer in the headlights look for 2 years. He was just developing his confidence this past year because he was forced into the rotation by circumstances beyond his control. I like JJ's professional attitude and mature approach to the game but I think Granger will be a far better player than JJ and it will happen much sooner.

    We will all know for sure by Christmas of this year.

    PS: I think Sarunas's signing to this team gives us a legitimate chance to win it all this year. We are going to see basketball played on a level the Pacers could only dream about in past years. I'm really pumped for the season to start...
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    Uh - pass on a top-5 draft talent (he was in my book anyway) over (gag) James Jones???

    That would be almost as bright as drafting Channing Frye over him.
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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    Even if you think these two guys are even in the talent department, there's a few million reasons why Granger is a better choice than JR, and there's a dollar sign in front of each one of them.

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    Do you think the Portland Trailblazers choosing on need, and taking Sam Bowie over Michael Jordon, might have rethought that decision a few times? Not saying this is going to be that dramatic, but we simply don't have that many glaring needs where another player was going to fill a position better than Granger.

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    PS: I think Sarunas's signing to this team gives us a legitimate chance to win it all this year. We are going to see basketball played on a level the Pacers could only dream about in past years. I'm really pumped for the season to start...

    I have no hopes of a championship this year. I do not knwo hwo JO, Artest, Sjax, and Tinsley will get along. They are hot headed young fellas. I want to see how they jell. Reggie was on that team last year and does not get much credit for being the glue on and off the court. His quite leadership was a major major factor, IMHO, in having the team chemistry and the kind of season taht we had last year. With him not being there FOR SURE, I am not quite sure about the chemistry.

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    You're questioning whether we should've 'passed' on drafting a guy in the top-five our on board, and a consensus top-eight, because we had a former second-round choice that played the same position and was decent, at best, when forced into game action last season?

    Really?

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    Yeah we will for sure not miss James Jones. Just look at Granger's college numbers, which i'm sure most of you have memorized. The dudes an amazing all around player. IF Artest explodes it won't matter half as much as last year.

    Granger will be a fan favorite in NO TIME. I like James a lot, but we certainly won't miss him. I just wish we could of at least got a 1st rd pick for him.

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    No way! James Jones is not that good. He is alright.

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    Default Re: Should we have drafted someone else and kept JJ?

    I like JJ and his 3-point stroke but he struggled more than he shined.

    Of course, he has only had 2 seasons under his belt but he has several weaknesses that I don't think Granger will have. Besides, the Pacers have Artest, Jackson, Granger, Bender, and even Fred Jones who can split minutes at the 3 this year. JJ might've warmed the bench even if he had re-signed.
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