February is the most dismal month of the year when it comes to college and professional sports. We’re weeks away from Opening Day, March Madness, NFL free agency, The Masters and the NBA playoffs.
So while we toil in sports’ most anonymous month, let us float three hypotheticals — two regarding the Pacers, one concerning Indiana/Big Ten basketball — to usher in a spring sure to be rife with Augusta roars, buzzer beaters and walk-off home runs.
Will Danny Granger cede the spotlight to Paul George?
Salaries notwithstanding, if you, the reader, were a potential NBA owner and could pick one current player to start a franchise with, who would be it be?
The first two answers are easy: LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
After those two, the choices are less obvious.
Chris Paul is the league’s best point guard, but he’s also battled multiple knee injuries.
Carmelo Anthony? Lots of offense, but varied interest in defense.
Dwight Howard? Nope, someone else can handle Superman’s song and dance.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Dwyane Wade are goodies, but oldies (30 and over).
Practically, there’s a group of soon-to-be perennial All-Stars that merit discussion after James and Durant: LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Paul George, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.
And with the No. 3 pick in the Start Your Franchise From Scratch Draft…sportswriter Freking selects Paul George.
(I’d take George over Irving and Rose mainly because of past and future injury concerns).
Which brings me to my next point, the Pacers and their Danny Granger Predicament.