Singler became a starter early last season and hung on to that spot for the rest of the year. It wasn’t that he was an outstanding rookie, although he wasn’t bad. It’s just that he was the best a talent-thin Pistons team had. When Detroit added some much better talent this season, including the likes of Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, Singler suddenly got pushed out of the starting lineup and was the forgotten player. There was a lot of doubters wondering how relevant he might be to the team in general. During the preseason, it wasn’t figured that Singler would be much of a contributor.
So far this season, Singler he has shown the Pistons how much they need him; he certainly came in handy with 23 minutes of work from off the bench in Detroit’s 103-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Singler was 5-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for 16 points and two rebounds to play a key role in the victory.
For the season, he’s at 7.8 points and 3.1 rebounds a game. That’s slightly below his 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds, but he’s had some critical performances for the team so far this season.
As his minutes increase, Singler does more positive things for the Piston. They don’t need to start him, but they should make sure they’re giving him enough minutes to be an impact for the team.
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