After the Clippers signed Danny Granger following his release from the 76ers, Granger is still finding his groove with his new team
The Los Angeles Clippers signed Danny Granger last Friday and were expecting to see his Clippers debut the day after when LA faced the New Orleans Hornets. Granger even warmed up with the team at Staples Center – only to find out that head coach Doc Rivers mistakenly left his name off of the active players list.
Luckily, Rivers marked Granger down for the game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. His debut game, Granger played only 4 minutes – just enough time to grab a rebound before he was back on the bench.
As Granger’s time with the Clippers increases, so will his minutes. In the Thursday night “road game” against the Los Angeles Lakers, Granger played 18 minutes and tallied 10 points.
Rivers was quick to calm the media’s pressing concerns about Granger following the Clippers’ rout of the Lakers, telling the LA Times: “Danny, he played really well in the first half. It’s just going to be a rhythm thing for him. It’s going to take a while. I’m going to be very patient with Danny. I just think it’s going to take a while for him to really get going. But you can see some of the things he can do for us.”
With just two games played with LA, his role with the team is already coming into focus. Sooner than later Granger will most likely take Matt Barnes’ starting position. Being such a dynamic shooter, he can hit shots when needed, be aggressive defensively, and fits in with the Clippers’ offense. Until Granger snags Barnes’ starting position, he’ll be a key shooter coming off the bench. Still, once the Granger-Barnes switch does happen, having Barnes coming off the bench will be score favorable.
Granger made a name for himself for his hustle while on the Pacers roster, outshining several veterans along the way to an All-Star nod in 2009 to go with his Most Improved Player award. The question mark of his young career lies with his health. Granger has dealt with his own health issues over the last few seasons, and the Clippers have felt the hindrance of injuries of their own – JJ Redick most recently but also Chris Paul‘s thumb and shoulder issues.
Furthermore, the Clippers’ 2nd unit hasn’t always been the most consistent or dependable – but with their new additions Granger and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, that’s a thing of the past. Granger could be crucial for LA’s success in the NBA playoffs having being such an able shooter who can fully commit on both ends of the court.