It’s a given that Kyle Singler will be on the Detroit Pistons roster when coach Lawrence Franck finalizes his 2012-13 team lineup. What’s more is that Singler, with the type of off-season he had, just might log more minutes than any other Pistons rookie.
That’s because Singler has impressed Pistons observers at practices. The doubts about his playing time might linger because Singler is penciled into the small forward spot behind Tayshaun Prince and Corey Maggette. But he shoots the 3-pointers very well and he knows what to do with the basketball. Those are two ingredients that would make anyone a valuable asset for the Detroit Pistons.
The talk is that Singler’s four years of court time at Duke, and a year in Spain, have put him at the top of his game. He may be even hungrier to prove himself more so than Prince and Maggette, two warriors, but yet, two aging NBA players.
Singler isn’t considered to have exceptional speed, but coaches like the moves he can make which gives him open looks to the basket. What the Pistons also like about him is his collegiate background.
He set school records at Duke with 148 consecutive games, which included 147 starts. He played in 125 wins at Duke, the second most in ACC history and is fourth all-time at the school in points scored with 2,392. Singler was an all-ACC first-teamer his last two seasons at the school.
He’s likely to get a lot of playing time in the preseason as Singler prepares to make a statement with the franchise.
The Pistons have been impressed with Singler’s athleticism. The last small forward drafted by the franchise was Grant Hill, not that Singler expects to reach that level of play.
Of course, if he would, then who’s complaining?