A look back at Danny Granger, the Pacers’ elite scoring wing

The productive and athletic scoring wing is one of the most common archetypes in NBA history. From Scottie Pippen to Tracy McGrady, from Paul George to Kawhi Leonard, the league has had a host of small forwards who can score in a multitude of ways.

Danny Granger, who played most of his NBA career with the Indiana Pacers, is one of those players.

Granger was drafted 17th overall by the Pacers in the 2005 NBA draft. A forward out of New Mexico, Granger didn’t take long to flash his scoring potential. During the 2006-07 season, his second in the league, he scored 13.9 points per game and shot 38.2% from the 3-point line.

According to NBA.com stats, Granger ranked fifth among sophomores in scoring and 3-point percentage.

Granger reached a peak in the late 2000s and early 2010s, earning his only All-Star appearance during 2009. The 2008-09 campaign was his best scoring-wise, as he averaged a career-best 25.8 points per game and tied a career-high for 3-point percentage (40.4%).

He ranked fifth in scoring during his career season, right behind Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, the late Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki.

As the 2010s arrived, Granger continued to excel. He poured in a career-high 44 points in the Pacers’ 122-108 win over the Utah Jazz in March 2010. During the 2009-10 campaign, Granger scored 24.1 points per game and continued to show his quality shooting stroke, hitting at a 36.1% clip from deep.

Despite his individual success, Granger’s Pacers weren’t very good during his tenure. He only went to the playoffs three times with the franchise, and he went the farthest during the 2012 postseason.

The Pacers went to the Eastern Conference semifinals, losing in six games to the eventual champion Miami Heat. Granger scored 13.3 points per game on 37.7% shooting during the series and also shot 36.4% from the 3-point line.

The 2011-12 campaign was Granger’s last good season, as left knee pain sidelined him for much of the 2012-13 season. From there, Granger was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2014. The Sixers then bought him out, and he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers when he cleared waivers.

He played his last season with the Miami Heat in 2014-15, competing in 30 games and averaging 6.3 points on 40.1% shooting.

If Granger had a longer career, he would have been fun to watch alongside George, who was forming into a star toward the end of Granger’s tenure with Indiana. Per Basketball Reference, Granger currently is ranked sixth on the Pacers’ all-time leading scorers list, as he tallied 9,571 points with the franchise.

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