2013-14 PLAYER CAPSULES: DANNY GRANGER
Eric Patten, Clippers.com
Over the next few weeks, Clippers.com will take a look back the 2013-14 season for each member of the Clippers’ roster and look forward to the offseason and what may be in store for 2014-15. The next installment in our series of player capsules is forward Danny Granger.
Games that Granger played with the Clippers after signing as a free agent in February.
Points scored in the Clippers’ Mar. 12 win over Golden State. It was the most points Granger scored in 41 games with the Pacers and Clippers in 2013-14.
Games missed by Granger since the start of the 2011-12 season. It bodes somewhat well for the 31-year-old Granger that he has low mileage on his legs the last three seasons. In some ways, due to a nagging hamstring injury that cut his regular season with the Clippers short, Granger has missed almost two full years and if he can enter 2014-15 healthy, he could be one of the better role players in the league.
The Clippers made two significant post-deadline moves in February to shore up their roster, adding Glen Davis on Feb. 24 and four days later inking Granger after he was bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers. He had played 29 games with the Pacers, the only team he knew prior to the zero-hour trade to Philadelphia, and sat out nearly two weeks before officially debuting with the Clippers in Phoenix on Mar. 4. At the time, Doc Rivers was among those who knew patience would be key with the former All-Star small forward. He was coming off injury and would be adjusting on the fly to a new city, team and role.
Granger scored 10 points in his second game, going 4-for-8 from the field in the historic blowout of the Lakers on Mar. 10. He went on to score 10 points or more in five of the next seven games and just when he was beginning to hit what appeared to be some semblance of a stride he collided in mid-air with O.J. Mayo and was not seen again until the Playoffs. The hamstring injury he suffered when he fell out of bounds after falling awkwardly over Mayo certainly affected how Granger could have been used going forward. Rivers held him out until Game 1 against the Warriors and while he appeared in all 13 postseason games, he only had a real impact in two of them: Game 2 against the Warriors when he had 15 points off the bench and in Game 4 against the Thunder when he went scoreless but had a plus-11 rating in helping the Clippers come back from 17 points down in the fourth quarter.
Granger had a reserve-high 18 points against the Warriors on Mar. 12, making his first six shots and putting together his most prolific game of the season. He kept the Clippers in the game when the Warriors made a move in the second quarter and provided an unintentional highlight when he missed a 3-pointer and Blake Griffin soared in for a viscous put-back dunk to seal the game.
Granger is expected to workout in Los Angeles during a portion of the offseason as he has in years past. He will be an unrestricted free agent, so one of his main priorities over the summer will be proving he can stay healthy and adjust seamlessly from a guy who was allotted 15-20 shots per game to a guy who gets somewhere in the neighborhood of five or fewer.