Kyle Singler Expects To Be Major Factor For Detroit Pistons Despite New Players

By John Raffel
Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Singler would like to remind Detroit Pistons observers that he’s still around and planning on being as big a contributor to the Pistons this season as he was last season. In the busy offseason for the Pistons, Singler has been sitting back, watching the team acquire new player after new player while getting ready for his sophomore NBA season.

Singler had a decent season as a Pistons starter. But he didn’t have an All-Star type of season, and the Pistons will be looking for him to pick up his game several notches in the guard spot.

Singler showed that he belonged in the NBA. Now he has to show that he’s to be a feared and respected player. The Pistons need solid contributions from all of their key players, including Singler, if they’re going to make a decent run in the playoffs. Singler was steady as a starter although he didn’t put up the greatest of numbers.

He averaged 28 minutes, 8.8 points and four rebounds per game. He started 74 of Detroit’s 82 games and shot 42.8 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent in threes and 80.6 in free throws.

Singler would like to see his minutes per game go up, but they may actually go down this season because of the new players coming in, including Brandon Jennings and rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. That’s why Singler, if he gets a lot of playing time, will be a better performer than last season; that would be a tremendous bonus for the Pistons. They expect Singler and some of his teammates to compete for playing time. That will put more pressure on them to always be on their A-game.

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