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Danny Granger
Danny Granger cropped 3992776221.jpg
Indiana Pacers  – No. 33
Small Forward
Born April 20, 1983 (1983-04-20) (age 26)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Salary $9,930,500
High school Grace King (Metairie)
College New Mexico
Draft 17th overall, 2005
Indiana Pacers
Pro career 2005–present
Awards 1× NBA All-Star (2009)
1× NBA Most Improved Player (2009)

Danny Granger Jr. (born April 20, 1983 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Indiana Pacers.[1] He is mainly a small forward, though he does log time at the power forward position.[2] Before his professional career, he went to Grace King High School in Metairie, Louisiana where he was a McDonald's All-American nominee before his senior year.[3] He was an academic student who scored at 30 on the ACT[4] and was offered a partial scholarship to attend Yale University. He also played for Bradley University and the University of New Mexico.[1]

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College career

Granger started his collegiate career at Bradley University where he played the 2001–2002 and 2002–2003 seasons.[1] After a lackluster 12–18 season in 2002–2003,[5] he would transfer to the University of New Mexico for the 2003–2004 and 2004–2005 seasons. In 2004–2005, he became the first player in school history to get 60 assists, 60 blocks, and 60 steals in a season. He would win the Mountain West Conference tournament MVP and lead the Lobos to the NCAA tournament.

NBA career

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Indiana Pacers

Granger shooting a free throw.

Granger was selected 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers,[6] as the organization included former Lobo Mel Daniels[7] and Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who was coached in college by the father of New Mexico Lobo Basketball, coach Bob King.[8]

In his first NBA season, Granger played in 78 regular season games, averaging 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while making the All-NBA Rookie Second Team. He added 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in 6 playoff games.[1]

With the departure of Peja Stojakovic[9] and arrival of Al Harrington[10] during the 2006 offseason, Granger became the Pacers' starting small forward for 2006–07. After the first 15 games, he became the first man off the bench.

Since a January 17, 2007 eight-player trade with the Golden State Warriors,[11] Granger started at the small forward and shooting guard spots, mainly due to the departure of Harrington. With the second and third scoring options (Harrington and Stephen Jackson, respectively) on the team gone, he was given more chances for scoring and averaged 13.9 points per game in 2006–07.[1]

In 2007–08, Granger led the Pacers in scoring for the first time, averaging 19 PPG, while starting all 80 games he appeared in.[12]

On October 31, 2008, Granger and the Pacers agreed on a 5-year contract extension.[13] The contract pays him $9,930,500 starting in 2009–2010 and escalates ten percent each year, ending after the 2013–2014 season.[14] The finalization of the deal was announced that night, mere hours before the midnight deadline which, if passed without any agreement, would have made Granger a restricted free agent the following summer.

In the 2008–2009 season, he scored a career high 42 points against the Detroit Pistons on December 12, 2008[15] and again against the Golden State Warriors on January 11, 2009.[16] On January 29, 2009 Granger was announced as an All-Star reserve for the Eastern conference. On May 12, 2009 Danny Granger was named the Most Improved Player for the 2008-2009 NBA Season.[17]

College career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–2002 Bradley University 21 n/a 24.6 .446 .176 .790 7.1 0.7 1.3 2.4 11.1
2002–2003 Bradley University 14 n/a 27.1 .518 .300 .684 7.9 1.1 1.4 1.4 19.2
2003–2004 University of New Mexico 22 n/a 32.0 .491 .333 .760 9.0 2.1 1.3 1.4 19.5
2004–2005 University of New Mexico 30 n/a 30.0 .524 .433 .755 8.9 2.4 2.1 2.0 18.8
Career 95 n/a 28.4 .496 .366 .752 8.2 1.6 1.6 1.9 16.7

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NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Indiana 78 17 22.6 .462 .323 .777 4.9 1.2 .7 .8 7.5
2006–07 Indiana 82 57 34.0 .459 .382 .803 4.6 1.4 .8 .7 13.9
2007–08 Indiana 80 80 36.0 .446 .404 .852 6.1 2.1 1.2 1.0 19.6
2008–09 Indiana 67 66 36.2 .447 .404 .878 5.1 2.7 1.0 1.5 25.8
Career 307 220 32.1 .451 .393 .841 5.2 1.8 .9 .9 16.4
All-Star 1 0 11.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 2.0 .0 2.0

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Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Indiana 6 3 27.0 .529 .563 1.000 5.2 1.7 .7 1.2 8.2
Career 6 3 27.0 .529 .563 1.000 5.2 1.7 .7 1.2 8.2

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Family

Granger has a younger brother, Scotty, who appeared on a reality TV show titled "The One: Making a Music Star" on ABC, in the summer of 2006. He plays piano, guitar, flute, sax, piccolo, and several other instruments.[20] Scotty also won $50,000 on the ABC show Wipeout June 10, 2009.

The basketball player is also great-nephew of the "Queen of Gospel", Mahalia Jackson.[21]

References

Preceded by
Hedo Türkoğlu
NBA Most Improved Player
2008–09
Succeeded by
None

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