Danny Granger wants a new power forward,as was reported by Matt Moore of CBS Sports yesterday.
Quick Analysis: This is actually some decent lockout news for once. No overseas discussion, no “will he stay or will he go” discussion, just a quality quote that gives us something to go off of. And with all that said, I think Granger’s point isn’t too far off base. The Pacer’s roster is solid top to bottom. Even if they stand pat, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. I’m big on Collison and Paul George — huge potential in that backcourt — and Hibbert is a solid center by default — IE: the center position has all but gone extinct in the NBA, so if you’re any good at all, that makes you a hot commodity these days. So that leaves the PF position.
I like Hansbrough, and i think he showed everyone — particularly in the playoffs — that he’s going to play in this league a long time. But I don’t think he’s going to be making his mark as a starter. He’s got pretty good talent and world class energy and effort, which to me suggests he’s ripe to win a couple 6th Man awards over the course of the next decade. Granger wants a PF to “be deeper at that position”, implying he knows just as well as we do that Hansbrough isn’t that MAIN GUY. Of the three players he suggested, I like Nene more than any of them. I think David West’s best days are behind him, and I’m not sure Carl Landry is really that much of an upgrade. If you’re going for depth, you’d better get someone better than Hansbrough, or you’re just spinning your wheels.
As a side note, it’s refreshing to see a small market stud being proactive about making his team better, as opposed to searching for the best team for him. That’s one for Granger, and one for the small market.