I'm a Lakers fan. I'm not here to talk about "JO to LA" (at least not in this thread). But, I just wanted to get an understanding on how you all see Danny Granger's potential. And I would also like to share my own opinion on his potential as well.
I know your front office is high on him. From reading some of the posts here, I can see that most of you fans are high on him as well. With good reason, I really like him as a player too.
But, I think you guys are going to expect more from him than he can give you.
I definitely see him as the second best player on your team behind JO. But, I think there's a difference between being the second best player and being the second best scoring option.
I get the feeling you guys see him as both.
As far as I know, before you made the trade with the Warriors, Granger was the 3rd or 4th scoring option behind JO, Jackson, and Harrington.
He was thrust into being the 2nd scoring option after the trade. And even then, with free rein to score, he had trouble with the role.
His talents don't really lie in scoring. His talents actually lie in everything but.
Don't get me wrong, he can score if needed. He shoots really good percentages from the field, the 3, and the line. But, I don't think he's comfortable being relied upon to score.
If you keep the team as is and expect Granger to be your perimeter scorer and JO to be your post scorer, you might be in for a rude awakening.
And if you do actually trade JO, and put even more of the scoring load on Granger, it could be a recipe for disaster.
To me, Granger can be an all-star caliber player. But, in particular, an all-star caliber "complementary" player.
To put it in perspective, he grew up idolizing Scottie Pippen and patterned his game after him. He even wears #33 in his honor. That's the type of player Granger is.
And I know you're going to just think I'm a Lakers homer after I say this. But, honestly, who better to pair Granger, a "Pippen" type player, than with Kobe, a "Jordan" type player?
Even if it's not Kobe, Granger is better suited playing next to a perimeter scorer while he concentrates more so on defense and filling up the stat sheet in other areas.
Your guys' main priority should be to find that perimeter scorer while Granger is in his prime. But, until you guys do that, you'll be wasting his talents.