Indianapolis, IN - The Indiana Pacers face a big decision of starting either Lance Stephenson or Danny Granger. Granger missed all but five games last season due to a knee injury, but according to doctors is 100% healthy heading into this year. Stephenson stepped up in a big way for the Pacers last season and showed that he is more than capable of being an NBA starter.
According to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com, Danny Granger feels much more comfortable in a starting role for the Pacers. Granger has been one of the main pieces for the Pacers since they drafted him and when healthy is undoubtedly able to score at a high level. The Pacers started Granger against the Chicago Bulls in last night’s preseason game and Granger responded with 11 points before tweaking his strained calf.
“I’ve always started, so obviously I’m more comfortable doing that. And Lance, he’s more of a playmaker. So when he’s in the second group, I think he actually excels more. He has the ball in his hands, he can make plays. When he’s with the starting group, the ball’s going into the post or Paul George has it. I play off the ball a lot.” - Danny Granger
Lance Stephenson is expected to be a huge boost to the bench this season and will be asked to score the basketball a lot more than he did last season. Stephenson’s teammates view him as a playmaker who is more than capable of leading the second unit.
It looks as if Frank Vogel and the Pacers have made the decision to start Granger for the time being and see how his health handles it. His shot has been looking very good so far throughout the preseason and he’s continuing to get his athleticism back. Once the regular season arrives in a couple of weeks, you can expect to see Danny Granger playing at full strength.