Danny Granger Jr. is a former small forward in the world of professional basketball and belongs to the United States of America. Granger attended the Grace King High School and in his junior year, was named to the McDonald’s All American lineup. Although a good player, Granger was equally good in academics and it was solely on his academic performance that he won a partial scholarship to Yale.
However, Granger would go to, and play at, the Bradley University for his freshman and sophomore seasons. The final two years of his college life were spent at the University of New Mexico where he, in 2004-05, became the first player in the history of the school to get to 60 assists, 60 steals and 60 blocks in a single season. Granger would go onto win the Mountain West Conference tournament MVP title while leading his team to the March Madness tournament.
After college, NBA was the obvious choice for Granger as he was picked at 17th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers.
Granger went on to play 78 games in his rookie season, scoring at 7.7 points per game with 4.9 rebounds and made it to the All-NBA Rookie Second Team. In the 6 post-season games that he played in 2006, he scored at 8.2 points per game with 5.2 rebounds.
Peja Stojakovic left the team and that brought in Al Harrington into the roster in the off season, making Granger the starting small forward. He performed well but didn’t have much to write home about and soon, after about 15 games, would lose his starting place. Harrington left in January 2007 and Granger was back in the starting spot again. With Stephen Jackson also out of the team, Granger was one of the main scoring men and got his average upto 13.9 per game. The following year, Granger had a marvelous season as he led the team in scoring with 19.0 points per game. He played all 80 games in the season and went on to earn a 5-year contract extension.
Granger repaid the team with a career high 42-point game against the Detroit Pistons and repeated the feat later again, against the Golden State Warriors. He made it to the All-Star game as a reserve for the Eastern Conference at the 2009 All-Star Weekend.