Danny Granger Makes Indiana Pacers Even More Dangerous with Improved Shooting

D BContributor IIIJanuary 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 20:  Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers moves against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 93-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Much was made of Danny Granger's shooting slump to start this season.

The former All-Star didn't seem to mind it much because even though Granger's shots weren't falling, his team was winning.

Those wins keep coming.

What's more, Granger's shooting has quietly started to improve.

In today's 21-point blowout of the Orlando Magic, which saw the Pacers dominate the second half, Granger shot 50 percent and went 3-of-7 from distance.

And, Granger is averaging 50-percent shooting over the past three games. The Pacers only dropped one game in that span—to the Boston Celtics behind Paul Pierce's heroics.

Granger has been considered the best player on this young Pacers team for years. That's what made Granger's shooting woes so odd and the Pacers' winning total so impressive.

Now, Granger seems to have found his midseason form.

This makes the Pacers that much better. Having a career 18.2 point-per-game scorer find his offense again will be invaluable to a team that has done nearly everything right.

Indiana built their team the right way; the Pacers have one of the most well-rounded starting lineups in the league.

Each starter averages double-digit scoring. The team is 13-6 on the season, good enough for a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference if the playoffs started today.

They've accomplished all this with plenty of money still to spend in the offseason.

The Pacers are a team on the rise. Granger's improved shooting is going to elevate their play even further.

Something tells me they're not going to have trouble filling their arena any longer.