Detroit Pistons Should Expect Higher Numbers From Kyle Singler Next Season

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Singler had acceptable numbers for a Detroit Pistons rookie this past season. He has to realize, however, that such numbers probably would not be acceptable as an NBA sophomore.

Singler probably delivered more as a freshman than had been expected, but perhaps that’s the problem with the Pistons — they can’t expect more of certain individuals and, as a result, the team’s standing isn’t as high. Singler was the second-most popular rookie to come to the Pistons roster this season behind Andre Drummond. Yet, Singler was more reliable in terms of logging playing time.

He appeared in all 82 Pistons game, which is a feather in his cap right there. He started 74 of them and averaged 28 minutes per game, shooting a decent 42.8 percent from the floor and 35 percent on 3-pointers, plus 80.6 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Singler definitely could be counted upon to be in the lineup and give a fine amount of minutes. The expectations the Pistons should make of Singler next year is more minutes — at least in the mid-30s per game — plus double figures in points per game. A solid summer of work should develop Singler’s aggressiveness and confidence.

The  second-to-last game of the season was an example of what Detroit needs from Singler. He played 31 minutes and shot 6-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-6 in 3-pointers for 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and no turnovers.

He’s close to becoming the total package. For the Pistons’ sake, the sooner the better.

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