Is it possible to have too much star power in today's NBA?
Superstars have littered the league's championship bouts of late, but each decorated winner has had a clear-cut hierarchy. Alpha players like LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant grabbed the reins of their respective franchises, while the rest of the rank-and-file fell in line behind them.
To that end, it's not out of the question that the Indiana Pacers can find an effective role for former All-Star Danny Granger. The eighth-leading scorer in franchise history, via Basketball-Reference, he could add a needed scoring punch to this defensive juggernaut.
But figuring out where and how he'll land those blows is an exhaustive exercise.
Hard-nosed defender Lance Stephenson has done nothing to lose his starting spot. Newcomer Chris Copeland, who NBA.com's Scott Agness reports is crushing his rehab, will handle the second team's floor-spacing duties. Rookie Solomon Hill projects strongly as a reserve glue guy who, like Granger, has the size to man either forward spot.
If he's healthy—he missed all but five games with a nagging knee injury last season—he could still add value to Indiana's roster in 2013-14. But would he be an expensive redundancy on a roster that showed its championship grit without him last season?
It's certainly possible. So, too, is the fact that he'd be an ideal addition for the following seven franchises.