Meeting The Heat’s New Additions

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Danny Granger, Small Forward:

Would have preferred Shawn Marion for this spot, but Granger is a solid choice for the role and money involved. Injuries have taken their toll on Granger – who once was averaging close to 19 ppg as recently as the 2011-12 season – relegating him to 46 games the last two seasons.

When healthy, Granger can give the Heat close to 20 minutes a games, playing solid defense on the wings, as well as be the designated corner-three shooter; he’s essentially playing the part of Shane Battier. He’s also regarded as a good locker room guy, and has played a leadership role to the likes of Paul George and Lance Stephenson. Some actually have wondered if the Pacers trading Granger last season might have played a part in their second half collapse, and subsequent lackluster effort in the playoffs.

My concern is that he may get starters minutes at shooting guard if/when Wade misses time, unless Miami can pick up another guard. Rookie James Ennis might not be ready for that, and extended minutes might wear Granger’s already ailing body further.