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Vogel says Danny Granger on schedule for return

Aug 27, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Whatever Danny Granger’s schedule is — hopefully taking part in training camp and being ready to go opening night — he is on it.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel was on local radio and said Granger has been making progress and they hope to have him at full strength, reports Scott Agness of Pacers.com.

“It’s really exciting. Danny is on schedule, looks really good, he’s making progress each week and we’re hoping that were going to be having a full-strength Danny Granger this year to add to this team that made a lot of noise last year.”

Notice how Vogel avoids a specific date of return there? Still, this is good news. Granger averaged 18.7 points to lead the Pacers two seasons ago, and he scored more than that the four prior seasons. He was the main offensive weapon of the Pacers.

Not anymore. Paul George is taking on the leadership role with this team and he has quality guys around him that have grown such as Roy Hibbert and George Hill. The question is where does a 30-year-old Granger coming off two knee surgeries fit into the mix? Off the bench? Or as a starter but more of a role player? Granger is not going to be quite the same player, but can he accept a lesser role whatever it may be?

The Pacers have the pieces to be contenders, they are not going to probably be as good in the regular season as Miami or even Chicago with Derrick Rose back, but the Pacers are built for the playoffs. The only question (well, outside health) is how it all the parts fit together. Frank Vogel is going to earn his paychecks this year.

  1. Sherlock Sport - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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  2. metalhead65 - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    He has already said he has no problem with coming off the bench nor should he. it will be to his benefit and the Pacers if he comes off the bench. less stress on his knees and more fire power for the pacers bench. if he is half the player he once was who on anybody’s second team is going to stop him? you double team him that leaves scola or copeland open. choose your poison but you will pay as this is not the pushover bench it was last season.

    • gostlcards5 - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Or, he will start and Stephenson’s athleticism (if inconsistent scoring) goes to the bench, which I think is still a big plus for the Pacers. Stephenson would be a good defender on the primary SG/SF scoring option for other teams. Also, I think with the other bench upgrades (Scola, Copeland) he would be a good fit as well.

      I honestly think either way will work for Indy, as far as an upgrade of the second unit. The real questions are:
      – Does the first unit perform better than last year?
      – Does the first unit perform (especially on offense) more consistently than last year?

    • youngindy21 - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      Stephenson already said he wouldn’t have a problem coming of the bench either. I think Granger may come off the bench for a few games at the beginning of the season but I think he will gradually work his way back into the starting lineup as he gets back in the swing of things. If Granger does come off the bench for the whole season it will probably be a OKC-James Harden type situation where he plays more minutes than the starter/guy in front of him. Granger is way too good be a regular bench player though.

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