All I know is regardless who starts, we will be a better team because in the end, you are adding a former all star.
The addition of Granger (if right) is no joke. We are going to be so much better if Granger develops chemistry with the team.
I would imagine that the arguments being made here are the assumption that Danny is going to be Danny. If he's not, and Lance keeps playing at his current level than there isn't an argument.
If he is, and Lance returns to the level he played at last season, then there isn't an argument. (or there shouldn't be..)
If they are close, then it's debatable.
So many unknowns regarding Danny. I don't know much about his injury but 3 weeks for him to return seems like alot. I don't know that the pacers aren't dealing with some injury that is more serious.
Often by the time they come clean the player needs surgery.
I am still in shock that Granger was playing garbage time in another country in a meaningless pre season game.
There was plenty of preseason games left to get him in "game shape."
Could be a blessing in disguise though since Stephenson is breaking out now.
If Danny returns to near his prime form after not playing consistent ball in a year and a half, while Lance reverts back to playing like a timid player who is playing his first big NBA minutes........
Does that really sound likely to you? Lance is clearly starting to "get it" and has far more confidence in himself (as well as from his coaches) than he had last year, while Granger continues to sit in suits on the sidelines (after shooting a lousy 30 something percent in the pre-season). One of these players continues to get better every day, while the other hasn't done anything in a long long time.
I'm not trying to sound cold and I understand that this is a sensitive topic for some people. But this team is all in right now. We need home court advantage to have the best shot at Miami. Why would mess around with a lineup that has worked perfect for a year just boggles my mind. In sports, sometimes guys lose their spot to injury. It sucks, but that's just the way it is.
The Lakers will obviously rearrange their team when Kobe comes back because he makes them an infinitely better team. But the Pacers don't need to do that for Granger. We're better than ever right now and don't need to rearrange what's working so well.
But allow me to answer in your first paragraph. Let's use the following hypothesis:
We rank how a player plays from 1 to 10 (with 1 being awful and 10 being awesome) and these are the results:
Lance is producing a 8 with the starters and a 10 with the bench.
Granger is producing a 8 with the starters and a 6 with the bench.
What would you do in that case?
That's the point I'm trying to make. I just think that Lance will be so much better when he has the full control of our offense as a 6th man that it's the best for the team to use him in that capacity.
Of course, Lance has been amazing in these first 3 games. If he keeps playing like that then I want him out there in every opportunity.
I the question about who guards Lebron. That really depends on DWade's health, and athletic ability. As well you have to consider it isn't like Paul did an amazing job on Lebron last year either. At one point Lebron was just having his way with Paul in the post that Vogel put Lance on Lebron. Also, Lebron actually put up basically identical numbers in this last playoff series against Paul as he put up against Granger the prior season, his numbers were actually slightly better this past season. I personally believe Hibbert is more important to guarding Lebron than George vs Granger vs Stephenson. Really for me it comes down to post defense with Lebron, and the winner there is Granger. Wade though could be a bigger problem if his health permits. He would have no problem beating Granger, Lance would be better, but Paul has already proven he can contain or even dominate Wade defensively. No matter what the ideal match-up is in this situation the key is always Hibbert and only Hibbert.
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By the way I thought we knew this 2 years ago when everybody kept saying that we needed a ball handler, some people even wanted Suckleavy back because of this.
If there were any reports about what you're saying then they would be reported there. As you can see nothing is reported. So, I call BS on your "reports".
For me it isn't about the starting line-up. The starters + Lance or the starters + Danny either way we have a top 3 starting line-up in the league. For me it is about Watson, Orlando, and Ian. I have a question I want people to answer. Will their skills be taken advantage of best with Danny or Lance?
But yeah, we both agree that this is an extremely theoretical conversation.
2 years ago PG couldn't dribble. Dont even make the comparison.