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2013 NBA Draft: Detroit Pistons Need To Draft Another Kyle Singler

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Kyle Singler was not an early first-round NBA draft pick of the Detroit Pistons last season, but he’s among the success stories of this year’s rookie gang.

Andre Drummond was the big story. He’s considered to be the cornerstone to the Pistons’ future.

Singler isn’t labeled the franchise savior like Drummond is, yet he emerged as more of fulltime starter for the Pistons. He’s widely considered one of the players very likely to be a key part of the team’s plans for 2013-14 and beyond.

When the 2012 draft opened, Singler was not mentioned a lot, nor should he have been. But after the best players like Drummond were taken, Singler’s stock started surging. He wound up with 8.8 points. 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists a game. What made Singler such an excellent draft pick is that he played in all 82 of the Pistons games and eventually became a starter. He started 74 games and averaged 28 minutes per game.

That’s the type of player the Pistons, who will pick No. 8 this year, need to select again. They need to take someone who is going to be healthy and reliable, and hopefully, will put up some good numbers.

It doesn’t appear the Pistons will get a superstar by the time they draft No. 8. One local sportswriter suggested they trade Greg Monroe and draft Cody Zeller, which would be incredibly insane. Zeller’s credentials are in question, especially when it comes to having the necessary physical toughness that’s required.

What the Pistons need is another Kyle Singler. Whether or not they’ll get someone like that remains to be seen.