Danny Granger, 25, is developing into a huge superstar. He has made the All-Star team in what is arguably his best year.
The 6-foot-8-inch Granger will continue to be one of the bests for Indiana; this season, he is simply the MVP.
Granger was born April 20, 1983 in New Orleans. After graduating from Grace King High School, he played college basketball for Bradley and New Mexico, two years each.
In the 2004-05 season, Granger lead his New Mexico Lobos to a 26-7 record. He also lead them to a conference championship and the NCAA tournament, the first time New Mexico had made it in six years,
After accomplishing that, he was on the All-MWC first team and recognized as an All-American. Granger was the 17th pick in the 2005 NBA draft, going to Indiana and staying there.
Granger had a great rookie year, playing 78 games and averaging 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. Those stats applied him to the All-NBA Rookie Team.
After Peja Stojakovic left and Al Harrington was acquired, Danny finally became a starter at position of small forward. There were three forwards that switched throughout the game (Granger, Harrington, and O’Neal), but Granger was benched after 15 games.
He came back in 2007-08, leading the Pacers in scoring with 19 ppg and starting 80 games. After a good year, the Pacers gave him a five-year, $60 million contract extension through 2013. He signed right before deadline.
It was a good thing the Pacers kept him because, in 2008, Granger scored 42 points against the Detroit Pistons and the Golden State Warriors. He made a game-winning buzzer-beater on Jan. 7 against the Phoenix Suns, shooting it over Sun star Steve Nash.
Granger has been averaging 25.8 points per game this season and is leading the Pacers to a solid record this season. His pick for the All-Star team is a good one; he is well on the way to becoming the best player the Pacers have seen since Reggie Miller.
Expect Granger to continue to shine and improve.
STATS (from Wikipedia):
Article orginally posted on 2/2/09