Doc Rivers Says “Ideally” Granger Will Be A Starter

Danny Granger eyeing starting job.

The Los Angeles Clippers are sitting fourth in the west at (41-20). This team has dealt with injuries to the likes of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, so its pretty remarkable how well they’ve been playing in a rigid western conference.

Despite their good play, they felt an additional upgrade to the roster would put them over the top. That’s why they picked up former all-star Danny Granger.

Granger only averaged 8.3 points in 22.5 minutes a game this season in Indiana, but Clippers head coach Doc Rivers plans on starting the 6’9 forward sooner rather than later.

A day after formally joining the Clippers, the former All-Star planned to be in uniform when Los Angeles hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Granger went through warmups at Staples Center before being informed he wasn’t eligible. …

Rivers said Granger would “ideally” be a starter for the Clippers because of his height and the flexibility to bring Matt Barnes off the bench as an energetic scorer. Rivers also likes Granger’s familiarity with most of Los Angeles’ defensive concepts, which are similar to the Pacers’ ideas.

“The whole key is how quickly we can get him acclimated, how quickly we can figure out what he does well,” Rivers said. “And he’s still coming back from the injury, so even though he’s back, he still needs more time and minutes.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Granger meshes with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.