Detroit Pistons Need To Get Kyle Singler Out Of Starting Lineup

By John Raffel
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

It might be time for the Detroit Pistons to go back and use Kyle Singler off the bench rather than as a starter.

Singler moved up to the starting lineup earlier in the season but doesn’t really seem to play much better in that capacity. Rodney Stuckey was in a horrible shooting slump so a move had to be made. Stuckey isn’t turning the world on fire, still, but Singler isn’t either although he still merits playing time.

Singler was 4-of-12 for eight points and had eight rebounds in Friday’s 107-105 overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Earlier in the week against the Denver Nuggets, he was also 4-of-12.

Right now, Singler is only averaging 28 minutes a game, along with his 9.0 points and 3.6 rebounds but he is shooting a healthy 45.6 percent from the floor.

Singler is trying to stay away from emphasis on his individual goals and focus on his team which is struggling at 7-18.

“We played tough and we fought back from a deficit,” Singler said after the loss to the Nets. “It was just one of those things where we did not have enough time to play it out.

“In overtime games, everything is magnified. We definitely had chances to win. We just did not get into plays to get the win and Brooklyn made plays to win. We just wish we had a couple more seconds left.”

The Pistons need more from Singler but coach Lawrence Frank should move his standout rookie back to a bench role where he’s likely to be more effective.

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