Kyle Singler has had an up-and-down rookie season, but in his defense, he’s playing for the Detroit Pistons, who are owners of a 23-47 record and a 10-game losing streak.
Friday night, Singler didn’t play the best defense in the world, but in his defense again, he was defending LeBron James.
“He (Kyle Singler) has put together some good games,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. “ LeBron James is obviously one of a kind but I liked Kyle’s confidence playing him. He never hung his head.”
Miami won for the 25th straight time, 103-89. Singler actually had a decent game in almost 37 minutes of play. He was 8-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-5 in 3-point attempts for 18 points. He also had eight rebounds and a steal.
“We had crisp ball movement for the better part of the first half,” Frank said. “I counted only about four bad offensive possessions in the first half. Our effort was good and we have to clean up some execution things, but I really liked our intent the first half.”
Like the rest of the Pistons, Singler has struggled with consistency, but the coaches have been giving him more than enough time to show his stuff. He’s averaging nine points and four rebounds a game over more than 28 minutes a game, and is shooting 43 percent from the floor.
The Pistons would like to build their future around Singler, fellow rookie Andre Drummond and second-year standout Brandon Knight. That said, the other two players are out with injuries and it’s obvious that Singler can’t do it by himself.