I was thinking about the problems the Pacers have been having of late and how we could have better starts and higher energy level to start the game (and throughout the game).
Obviously this is the type of post that will get some people thinking I'm an idiot, but I just wanted to start a discussion. Also, I will state up front that Granger's play this year has put me firmly in the trade Granger if we can camp. But what would happen if we moved Granger to the bench?
Bear with me. On the starting unit we have to many people who are looking to score, and a problem with chemistry and energy level. Granger (to me) has just about the lowest level of effort and if he was a kindergartner his report home would read "doesn't play well with others."
By moving Granger to the bench we'd be freeing up Hans and and George to become more of a scoring option for the first unit, as well as whoever came into the SG spot (Mike?)
Also, IMO Granger plays much better with McRoberts than with Hans (who I think he personally dislikes), and you could bring them off the bench together. He would be a huge match-up problem coming off the bench, and I don't think it would make our starting unit any worse. My only big concern is what Granger would do to the moral and energy level of the reserves, but a line-up of Granger, Foster, McRoberts, Rush and Price coming off the bench would be excellent.
Also, I'm not saying don't give Granger his minutes, just don't start him at the beginning of the game. His play may have already put him in the doghouse as evidenced by his lack of 4th quarter play last night, and maybe this would energize him, maximize his skills and play him more with players with whom he has better chemistry.
Just a thought.