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Danny Granger : biography

April 20, 1983 –

Danny Granger, Jr. (born April 20, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. He is mainly a small forward, though he does log time at the power forward position. He is also able to initiate the team’s offense and so is regarded as one who can play the point forward position. 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. He was a good student who scored a 30 on the ACT and was offered admission to Yale University. He played for Bradley University and then transferred to University of New Mexico in the middle of his sophomore year.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

|- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 78 || 17 || 22.6 || .462 || .323 || .777 || 4.9 || 1.2 || .7 || .8 || 7.5 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 82 || 57 || 34.0 || .459 || .382 || .803 || 4.6 || 1.4 || .8 || .7 || 13.9 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 80 || 80 || 36.0 || .446 || .404 || .852 || 6.1 || 2.1 || 1.2 || 1.1 || 19.6 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 67 || 66 || 36.2 || .447 || .404 || .878 || 5.1 || 2.7 || 1.0 || 1.4 || 25.8 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 62 || 62 || 36.7 || .428 || .361 || .848 || 5.5 ||2.8 || 1.5 || .8 || 24.1 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 79 || 79 || 35.0 || .425 || .386 || .848 || 5.4 || 2.6 || 1.1 || .8 || 20.5 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 62 || 62 || 33.3 || .416 || .381 || .873 || 5.0 || 1.8 || 1.0 || .6 || 18.7 |- | align="left" | | align="left" | Indiana | 5 || 0 || 14.8 || .286 || .200 || .625 || 1.8 || .6 || .4 || .2 || 5.4 |- | align="center" colspan="2" | Career | 515 || 423 || 33.1 || .437 || .384 || .847 || 5.2 || 2.0 || 1.0 || .9 || 18.1 |- | align="center" colspan="2" | All-Star | 1 || 0 || 11.0 || 1.000 || .000 || .000 || 1.0 || .0 || 2.0 || .0 || 2.0

Playoffs

|- | align="left" | 2006 | align="left" | Indiana | 6 || 3 || 27.0 || .529 || .563 || 1.000 || 5.2 || 1.7 || .7 || 1.2 || 8.2 |- | align="left" | 2011 | align="left" | Indiana | 5 || 5 || 36.6 || .478 || .348 || .875 || 5.6 || 3.2 || 1.2 || .2 || 21.6 |- | align="left" | 2012 | align="left" | Indiana | 11 || 11 || 38.2 || .397 || .356 || .821 || 5.6 || 2.5 || .5 || .4 || 17.0 |- | align="center" colspan="2" | Career | 22 || 19 || 34.8 || .436 || .384 || .854 || 5.5 || 2.4 || .7 || .5 || 15.6

College career

Granger started his collegiate career at Bradley University where he played the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons. After a lackluster 12–18 season in 2002–03, he transferred to the University of New Mexico, where he began playing during the second semester of his junior season in 2003–04, although he wasn’t eligible to start playing for the Lobos until January, 2004. He said the reason for the transfer was because of Braves head coach Jim Les’s intimidating tactics, including being ‘verbally abusive’. In 2004–05, he became the first player in school history to get 60 assists, 60 blocks and 60 steals in a season. He won the Mountain West Conference tournament MVP and led the Lobos to the NCAA tournament.

Granger graduated with a degree in civil engineering.

In 2008 Granger made a $500,000 pledge to his alma mater in support of the Lobo Leap to Excellence capital campaign to name the new men’s locker room in The Pit.

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. Scotty is an openly gay artist.