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    This is a great read from a blog. Sorry if it's already been posted.

    http://www.nbamate.com/2009/01/09/wh...danny-granger/

    What is Danny Granger?
    January 9th, 2009, Author: robd

    There is a natural tendency for NBA fans and media to categorize players into certain molds to help better understand what they are and what they’re trying to do. To translate an unknown quantity into something a little more familiar. You only need to look at a scout report for any young player and you’ll undoubtedly find mention of their basketball forefather. You can spend hours reading about his skills, his tendencies, his career highlights. But a one-liner like “he’s the next Dwyane Wade” is all you really need to conceptualize him.

    Herein lies my problem. I cannot conceptualize Danny Granger. I have trouble quantifying him. He doesn’t want to fit in any of the molds. What the hell is Danny Granger?

    “I’m in awe right now, but it’s important not to be a spectator when he gets the ball.
    Down the clock, I’m not worried when the ball is in his hands.”

    I have seen Danny Granger play only six times in my life. Last season I watched every single Pacers-Pistons game (all four of them) and I distinctly remember my impression of him: this guy spends way too much time on the perimeter for someone who is 6-8 - how bout you go get a rebound! Antawn Jamison is pulling down twice as many boards as you! But I also distinctly remember my other impression of him. This guy is 6-8 and he moves like a cat. He’s like Josh Smith except you can’t leave him open on the perimeter, and he can cross you over. And he can run a fast break. The Pistons easily won all four of those games so I wasn’t too worried about Danny Granger, and I promptly forgot about him. Until recently.

    There is always a premature scoring front runner at the start of an NBA season. Someone who’s average balloons way beyond what seems possible, but who ultimately reaches equilibrium and drifts off the charts. Remember when Flip Murray was a Top 10 scorer back in early December 2003 averaging 21 points per game? No, of course you don’t. No one does. And that’s what I thought would happen to Danny Granger this season. He came flying out of the gates scoring 33 in a season-opening loss to Detroit (another game I watched) and followed it up with five straight 20+ point games. Impressive, even if he was jacking up WAY too many threes. But then he started to slip. A few sub par games and some flu-like symptoms saw his scoring average dip a couple of points during a stretch where the Pacers lost five of six. It was happening. The Ronald Murray of 2008.

    But then it didn’t, and he dropped 32 on Kobe and the Lakers (killer game) and went for three LONs in a row and one third of the way through the season Danny Granger is sitting amongst the top five scoring elite (along with The King, The Mamba, The Flash and The German) and will remain there until 2008-2009 plays itself out. Danny Granger is not the Flip Murray of 2008. He’s just one of the best scorers on the planet.

    “He’s an incredible player. He’s turning out to be one of the
    top players in the league. He’s a very difficult guard.”

    If he wasn’t on your radar then you’re not alone (but if he was then I hate you and your fantasy team). A lot of people had high expectations for this guy - the words “future” and “all-star” were sometimes put next to each other in sentences to describe him. But I don’t think anyone thought he’d explode into a 25+ppg stat stuffer so soon, not on this Pacers team, not with so much more of his game to develop. And how bout that game?

    He strokes the three-ball as well as any big in the league not named Rashard Lewis, except if you get out to him he can go around you and embarrass you. He’s not Rashard Lewis.

    Defensively he’s extremely active - second in blocks per game amongst all small forwards behind Andrei Kirilenko. But AK-47 has never lead his team in scoring. He’s not Andrei Kirilenko.

    He’s athletic enough to surprise you every now and then, but he’s not flashy and he’s not dunk-happy, which kinda reminds me of Paul Pierce. But then again The Truth never threw one down on Lebron’s head. He’s not Paul Pierce.

    His game is by no means perfect, but when he improves his post-up game a little more he will command a truly awesome offensive arsenal. Kinda like Carmelo, but with a better three point shot. He’s not Carmelo Anthony.

    What exactly is he? He’s been called the next Shawn Marion. The next Josh Howard. Some have even labeled him the next Scottie Pippen (that’s actually impossible, see “Scottie Pippen-type Player“). But he’s none of those. He’s not going to be the “next” anything. The mold hasn’t been set yet. There is only one thing Danny Granger reminds me of.

    And that is a platypus.

    The platypus fell down the evolutionary tree of biology and hit every branch on the way down. It is the Swiss army knife of animals. It is covered with fur, has webbed feet, a tail, a beak (with nostrils in it!), a poisonous venom spur and muscles that generate electric fields to locate their prey (I am not making this up). It looks like a beaver, a duck and a walrus all at the same time. It’s ****ing weird. But it’s also a biological miracle, a creature that simply has no peer. A creature that fits no mold.

    Danny Granger is a platypus. Not in the “oh isn’t it furry and cute!” kinda way, but in the “you won’t find an animal that can swim, crawl, breath underwater, look cute and kill you at the same time” kinda way. I imagine most animals that swim past a platypus probably think “what the **** is that thing?” and have a little chuckle to themselves. Little do they know the platypus is going to come back to poison and electrocute them in a swift yet elegant move before strolling up onto the beach where no one can follow him. That is the Danny Granger way. Not everyone has heard of him, but underestimate him, taunt him, and he will damage you. Damage you in style.

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    After dumping 37 on the Suns yesterday to go with the miracle buzzer-beating shot, Pacers coach Jim O’Brien was perplexed. “If Danny Granger isn’t an All Star, then I don’t know what an All Star looks like”.

    All Stars don’t look like Danny Granger, Jim. Nothing does.

    Except maybe a platypus.

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    Well, that is a different comparison. I kind of like it though.

    He is one of a kind basketball player.

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    That's hilarious.

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    I'm speechless.
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    I liked it but who was the author quoting?

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    Some have even labeled him the next Scottie Pippen.

    Cue Naptime Seth:
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    It all dries up and blows away
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    But they never had much use for me
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    That's great. We have a new nickname for Danny.

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    That was a pretty good read.

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    A platypus is a freak of nature. Danny doesn't resemble nor plays like a freak of nature. Terrible description to label Granger. Can you just hear Slick, Clark, Quinn, or Chris dub him with the nick name "the platypus" on the radio or tv? He'd be the laughing stock of the NBA. It's one thing to be mentioned as a bulldog like Jack has been, but a platypus for Granger! How embarrassing. The whole idea is plain repulsive.

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    Good stuff.

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    We could call him the knife (Swiss Army)

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    awesome read.

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    A platypus is a freak of nature. Danny doesn't resemble nor plays like a freak of nature. Terrible description to label Granger. Can you just hear Slick, Clark, Quinn, or Chris dub him with the nick name "the platypus" on the radio or tv? He'd be the laughing stock of the NBA. It's one thing to be mentioned as a bulldog like Jack has been, but a platypus for Granger! How embarrassing. The whole idea is plain repulsive.

    While I can't say I'm necessarily repulsed by calling DG a "platypus", I would
    have to concur that it is kind of a silly comparison.

    As far as the animal kingdom goes, I would personally rate a platypus as
    being pretty wimpy compared to many other animals out there nearer the
    top of the food chain.

    As for the NBA, DG is far from wimpy, and getting much closer to the top
    of the food chain than a platypus.

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    Does this mean Danny is poisonous?
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    Cue Naptime Seth:
    Drat. Too late to the thread.

    You take Pip, you give him a 3, you lower his assists/steals, you improve his blocks/rebounds. Pip was the SG version of an SF, Granger is the PF version...with the 3. That's about it.

    However right now Danny bites on fakes and gets burned one on one that I don't ever recall seeing Pippen do. That's next summer's improvement I'm assuming. Then it will be complete.

    If that looks like a Platypus to you then fine. Frankly the fangs that Dental Plan Dan was sporting vs Boston suggest something more carnivorous than that.

    edit - well I didn't really know this part so maybe I spoke too soon
    Little do they know the platypus is going to come back to poison and electrocute them in a swift yet elegant move
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    Plus...

    The author of that article failed to mention that a platypus is the world's only mammal
    that lays eggs.

    Definitely something DG has been distancing himself from being known for.

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    The Platypus does not shock, it can only sense electric pulses. It's a shame, because if it could, Danny would know the force!

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    I liked it but who was the author quoting?

    “I’m in awe right now, but it’s important not to be a spectator when he gets the ball. Down the clock, I’m not worried when the ball is in his hands.”

    I'm not sure about the other quotes, but this one is Roy Hibbert.

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    Does this mean Danny is poisonous?

    Danny is, and always will be "The Gift."

    In German, the word "gift" means...poison.

    So, even without the platypus thing, Yes, Granger is poison to the other teams, and the best thing to happen to this franchise in a long while.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
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    Danny is, and always will be "The Gift."

    In German, the word "gift" means...poison.

    So, even without the platypus thing, Yes, Granger is poison to the other teams.
    So what you mean is that he is a gift to the other teams then?

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    So you take Pip, you change everything about his game, and then Danny's defense improves three times over... and THEN you kind of have a comparison. ::eyeroll::

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    Danny is, and always will be "The Gift."

    In German, the word "gift" means...poison.

    So, even without the platypus thing, Yes, Granger is poison to the other teams, and the best thing to happen to this franchise in a long while.
    I wholeheartedly agree with this nickname, and believe someone should campaign this to the Pacers PR folks It just works on so many levels... it was a "gift" to us, that he fell so far in the draft. He's obviously turning into a "gift" for the game of basketball. And apparently, he's poisonous to Dirk Nowitzki. Would anyone be opposed to trying to promote this nickname? I think it's awesome!

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    I think a lot of people missed the boat on the platypus comparison. It's not necessarily saying they have qualities in common. The point of the comparison is that they are their own breed. There is no one else like Danny and you can't compare what he does to anyone else. He's unique, like the platypus.

    Anyways, I like this quote..It reminds me of a certain past Pacer.

    That is the Danny Granger way. Not everyone has heard of him, but underestimate him, taunt him, and he will damage you. Damage you in style.

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    I wholeheartedly agree with this nickname, and believe someone should campaign this to the Pacers PR folks It just works on so many levels... it was a "gift" to us, that he fell so far in the draft. He's obviously turning into a "gift" for the game of basketball. And apparently, he's poisonous to Dirk Nowitzki. Would anyone be opposed to trying to promote this nickname? I think it's awesome!

    Agree to agree! But it has already made it to the list of nicknames on BothTeamsPlayedHard.net. What further glory is needed?



    http://www.bothteamsplayedhard.net/nba-nicknames/



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    You mess with Platypus, you get stung.

    Platypus: By the time you think you know what the hell you're looking at, it's already too late.

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