How Losing Danny Granger Can Help the Indiana Pacers

December 30th, 2009 by Pace Miller Leave a reply »

A collective gasp echoed through the state of Indiana when the Pacers lost All-Star Danny Granger for four to six weeks with torn right plantar fascia (that’s his foot).  The team already wasn’t doing so well, having kicked off the season just 6-12 despite a spate of promising signings during the offseason. 

How were they possibly going to cope without Granger, the team leader in minutes, points, and steals (and second best in rebounds)?

Well, so far so good.  At least not much worse.  In the nine games sans-Granger this season, the Indiana Pacers have compiled an unremarkable 3-6 record.  Percentage-wise, the Pacers are actually doing as well with Granger as without him this season (both 0.33). 

Are the Pacers a better team without Granger?

The numbers, at least on paper, suggest that the Pacers may be better off without Danny Granger.  Contemplate this: in the last two seasons, Granger has missed a total of 24 games. 

In those games, the Pacers scraped ...

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