Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Grace King HS/Bradley/New Mexico/NBA
Granger, a 6-9 forward, starred at Grace King High School for four years, averaging 24.3 points, 12 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game as a senior in 2000-01. He played two seasons at Bradley University before transferring to New Mexico and becoming a two-time All-Mountain West selection. He averaged over 19 points and nine rebounds per game during his two seasons as a Lobo and was the runner-up to Utah’s Andrew Bogut for MW Player of the Year honors. He quickly developed into a superstar in the NBA before his career was cut short by injuries. Drafted with the No. 17 pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, Granger averaged 7.3 points as a rookie, earning All-Rookie recognition. In his second season, he jumped to 13.9 points per game. Becoming a full-time starter in his third season, Granger tallied 19.6 points per game and then in year four, he was named the Most Improved Player in the NBA after averaging 25.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game and making his first NBA All-Star team. That season jump-started a four-year stretch (2008-12) in which he would average 22.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assist per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point range. However, he played in just five games in 2012-13 due to knee issues which led to him playing in only 66 games the rest of his career. He played in 30 games with the Miami Heat in 2014-15 before retiring at the age of 32. He saw action in 586 NBA games over nine seasons, averaging 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists.