Indianapolis isn’t a very popular city in the basketball world. Not only on the national stage where they have yet to appear on ESPN, but even in its own city. Indiana ranks 27th in the NBA in home attendance, averaging 13,879 “fans” a night.
Thanks to that simple fact, forward Danny Granger doesn’t get near the attention or respect that he has earned.
If you’re a fantasy basketball player, then you most likely know who Granger is. You’ve probably never seen him play, but you know that he puts up some of the best numbers in the league. Last season, Granger’s popularity hit a peak when he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. As good as Granger is, winning the MIP Award should not be what he is known most for.
The six-foot-eight small forward is playing in his fifth NBA season with the Pacers, the team that drafted him even though he was an unknown at the University of New Mexico. In the 2007-2008 season, Granger emerged as a stat-stuffing forward that did a little bit of everything and excelled at one thing: scoring.
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More on Danny Granger and his many assets after the break…
Last season, the Utah Jazz found themselves in a rather insurmountable predicament. After finishing the year just one game behind the New Orleans Hornets as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Jazz had to deal with the soon-to-be World Champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Needless to say, they didn’t fare well. Though they did manage to win one game thanks to a Deron Williams runner in the final seconds of Game Three, the Lakers crushed Utah thanks to brilliant play from Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom.
During the off-season, the only true addition Utah made was getting rookie guard Wesley Matthews as a free agent after the draft. Keeping Carlos Boozer around was key, but there was no actual transaction made.
With that inlies the mystery of the Utah Jazz. They are a team that did little to get better this summer as other contenders went out and improved their clubs via free agency and trades but has somehow risen from eighth in the Western Conference (48-34 last season) to where they sit now (currently 49-26), which is third in the ultra competitive West and just a game behind Dallas for second.
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More on the Utah Jazz and their stunning improvements after the break…
After starting off the season with high hopes and defeating the Lakers handily in their first two meetings, the Denver Nuggets have struggled badly of late. Whether the absence of George Karl is really taking a toll on them or they are just hitting that point of the year where they would kill for [...]
Everyday, a new debate emerges amongst NBA fans. Whether it be about their favorite team or their favorite player, they never get old. The most popular arguments are, of course, centered around the game’s top talents. Kobe or LeBron? Melo or Durant? CP3 or Deron Williams?
Well, I have come up with a [...]
I’m back from San Antonio after covering the Spurs’ games against the Lakers and Cavs and with college basketball over for me, the post schedule will be back to normal with Attacking the Boards coming nightly with some features sprinkled in. The last three baseball previews will also come this week.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — After being outdueled in the fourth quarter by the game’s ultimate closer, Kobe Bryant, on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobili stepped up his game against LeBron James in the final period to lead the Spurs to a 102-97 victory, ending the Cleveland Cavaliers’ winning streak at [...]
Tomorrow I’ll be back in San Antonio to see LeBron James in person. I’ll do my best to catch the four college games online after the Cavs-Spurs game and get up a top performers post sometime in the morning.
The guy who dunked on LeBron: Though his season is now over, Jordan Crawford had a masterful performance. He didn’t dominate the entire game. Heck, you could even say he had a poor game overall, missing 16 of his 29 shots, some of which would get most players pulled out of the game if [...]
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — My evening in San Antonio started with Adam Morrison waving at a few guys infront of me during warm-ups, which made me bust out in laughter solely because he looks hilarious with his array of facial hair. That was the first smile of many on the night.
The Lakers got [...]
Hit the jump for several Lakers-Spurs videos from tonight. Continue reading…