Who's better: Gay or Granger?

An in-depth comparison of two of the league's more underrated players

Originally Published: May 5, 2012
By Chris Palmer | ESPN The Magazine
Danny Granger and Rudy GayJoe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesDanny Granger and Rudy Gay are two of the best small forwards in the NBA.

Think of them as the other guys. As small forwards go, Rudy Gay and Danny Granger operate in the shadows of their much more celebrated swingman brethren. Although they don't have the name recognition or accomplishments of peers like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, both Gay and Granger have carved out significant roles in guiding their teams in the playoffs. Both are team-leading, steady cornerstones who will be heavily depended upon this postseason and beyond. But who is the better player?


Gay is at his best in the halfcourt when pulling up and popping the midrange jumper off the dribble. He loves to start in a triple threat on either elbow and take two hard dribbles toward the baseline before pulling up. His length and habit of fading back a touch without disrupting his rhythm make getting off good shots a breeze for him.

Chris Palmer

ESPN the Magazine