I believe...and now it has been proven btw...that starting him would disrupt the starting unit. Well, if he had been relied upon in the preseason to be the defacto starter, the Pacers would be scrambling to find his replacement right now.
My fear is that this could happen later in the season...and I believe the risks are higher with him than other players. That tendon was recently operated on and while he may recuperate and play fine for awhile, I fear that tendon will build up scar tissue again and we may find him have inflammation at just the wrong time. Imagine that it's March or April and he's having issues again. If he had been coming off the bench it would be a loss but it would be much worse if he were the starter.
Again, if I believed he was going to be 100%, not just 80% like David West was his first year back...I would support him starting. At best I believe he will be 80% and an 80% Granger isn't worth starting IMO. Not when Lance is probably at least that good and may even break out. I'm just not interested in a guy with jumpers knee making a run at a title....unless he comes off the bench.