The lingering question to this current Pacers season has been the same since opening tip-off... and it's not "will Roy Hibbert's offense ever catch up to the size of his contract." No, it's been how will the team fare with Danny Granger returns from his knee injury.
Since he's been gone we've seen the Blue and Gold go from underachievers, to elite defensive powerhouse, to legitimate threat in the East. We've also seen Paul George go from nice defender and occasional scoring option to a game-changing All-Star.
With Granger coming back, the big question is, will this help or hurt the Pacers. Since being drafter, Granger has been the team's number one scorer, and was looked at as the next face of the franchise. This season that has changed. Danny comes back as a number two option, and will now be asked to be George's sidekick on the court. Many wonder if this is something he'll be willing or even able to do. Will Granger's return actually set the Pacers back by disrupting their chemistry and disrupting George's growth as an elite player?
My answer is no. And for those of you who want the Pacers to trade Granger, hear me out. From the time Danny became a top scoring talent, and the Pacers best player, everyone's major complaint was that he wasn't an elite player. He was a really good player, but not great. It was also said that he'd make a great number two on another team that had a legit superstar on the squad. Well, that's exactly what position he finds himself in now. Coming back to the Pacers, Granger can be exactly what he's made to do, a scoring threat. And now that defenses will be more concerned with George, Danny will have less pressure on him to light it up. It may be a little bumpy with Danny first comes back, but I really feel like this could be exactly what the Pacers need to become a legit threat to come out of the East, and end Miami's evil reign of terror.