Kyle Singler is playing the role for the Detroit Pistons that is looking very similar to what he did as a rookie. Unlike many others on the team, Singler is doing something that really draws the eye of his coaches: He’s staying healthy.
When he came to Detroit a year ago, Singler was the second-most talked about NBA rookie on the team. Andre Drummond was getting all the honors.Yet, Singler stayed healthy and drew a starting role with Detroit. He didn’t turn the world on fire, but he still had a decent season at 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.
With the various acquisitions the Pistons made during the offseason, Singler was being forgotten again and many thought he would have to work harder this season for playing time. He may eventually have to, but right now, Singler seems to have secured himself plenty of playing time at guard again.
In the team’s first seven preseason games, he has seen four starts and is averaging 21.3 minutes, 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per games. He’s playing a key role with the team and it’s gong to stay that way for awhile, unless other guards pick up their game even more.
What Singler is giving coach Maurice Cheeks is what he gave the Pistons last season: Productive minutes. And he’s been very dependable in backing up Josh Smith at small forward. The hamstring injury to Gigi Datome forced the Pistons to use Singler more at forward. But whether it’s at guard or forward, Singler s going to see a lot of minutes.
It’s all going to make Singler a key player again for Detroit this season.