Feb 26 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy HIbbert (55) and forward Danny Granger (33) block out Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Golden State 108-97. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers’ Danny Granger Expects To Start 2013-2014 Season

Indiana Pacers’ forward, Danny Granger, who sat out the majority of the season after a left knee injury, said he is confident that he’ll be 100 percent healthy to start next season.

Via Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star:

I expect to be back in the starting lineup. We really didn’t have a drop off from the team before in this team. We lost to the Heat again and my role is kind of secondary to my health.

The eight year NBA veteran, who only played five games this entire season due to multiple setbacks averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 steal and 1.5 assists this year.

During the 2011-2012 season, Granger played 62 games and averaged 20.2 points, 1.1 steal and 1.9 assists.

Granger said he has six to eight weeks left of rehab after getting a piece of scar tissue removed from his patella tendon. He said he expects to reclaim his starting wing position next to Paul George. Granger is now 30 years old.

Though the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers Monday in a decisive game seven in the Eastern Conference, if Granger was healthy he may have brought the Pacers into the finals and won them the championship. Needless to say we’ll never know now, however the future of the Pacers with a healthy Granger on board looks promising.

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  • Stephen Ajamie

    Danny Granger can expect to start, but as a Pacers fan, I believe he should go to the bench. Coming off the bench, and helping out the second unit is probably best for the team. As long as David West is coming back, I want to keep that starting five in tact, and let them have another year to grow together. I can’t imagine bumping Paul George to the 2 and putting Granger back at the 3 as much as I like Granger, and his game.

    • Joshua Santos

      It would be ideal for Granger to come off the bench however if he’s healthy enough to play like he used to, with the same intensity and explosiveness, I say why not start him.
      It’s like Derrick Rose for instance. Rose, just like Granger sat out the entire season. I know Kirk Hinrich is good but he’s no Derrick Rose, just like David West is no Danny Granger.
      if Rose is 100% like Granger, I don’t see why they can’t start next season. As a Bulls fan I’m concerned about injuries to Rose just like you are to Granger, however if the player can be contribute greatly, he should be thrown out there starting.