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Danny Granger

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Throughout his career, Granger has been more of a scoring threat than Butler, and as recently as 2011-12 averaged over 18 points per game.

A lot of his damage came from outside the arc: He has shot 38% or better from deep in five of his last six full seasons.

In the past few seasons, Granger has fallen from the No. 1 offensive option for Indiana to number three or four. This would allow him to fit in nicely with the Spurs, where Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili would all be ahead of him in terms of offensive weapons.

Granger—and his numbers—would benefit greatly from San Antonio’s superior floor spacing and offensive flow (107.3 vs. 102.4 points/100 possessions).

He also is a somewhat similar player to Leonard, the player he would most likely be subbing for.

With offensive rebound rates that differ by less than one percentage point, and both being better three-point shooters from the corners than anywhere else, it would be a relatively smooth transition between the players, meaning more continuity in plays and schemes the team would run on offense.

Granger would also be coming from the number one ranked defense in the league.

While Roy Hibbert and Paul George are known as the lockdown defenders for the Pacers, a team doesn’t hold its opponents to the low 90s in points per 100 possessions unless everyone buys in on D. This all means that Granger would not be a liability on defense by any means, and could, in fact, be a positive contribution on that end.

The downside to Granger is his recent injury problems.

He has never looked back at full strength since his injury plagued campaign of 2011-12. His shooting has fallen off a cliff this year (36%), and he hasn’t been above 43% shooting since 2008-09.

He’s also not much of a stretch four, as he is not strong enough to hold himself in the post against the behemoths in the Western Conference (Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love etc.) This would allow for limited positional flexibility, which proved to be hugely helpful to the Spurs in last year’s playoffs.

He’s also not the best defensive rebounder for his position; he grabs only 13.2% of available boards.

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