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Detroit Pistons draft Kyle Singler

The Pistons added their second new player of the night, Kyle Singler. One person who doesn’t love this pick? Dan Feldman. Check out his take on players who have won NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player awards.

I like him slightly better, even if I liked other guys better at this spot. COUNT THA RINGZ! Here was my profile of him pre-draft:

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Kyle Singler’s college career flew by. Dukies have a habit of seeming like they’re in college for about nine years (Christian Laettner and Grant Hill, for example), but Singler’s four-year career went by really quick. He was obviously a very good college basketball player. Will that game translate to the NBA, though?


Measurables: 6-foot-8, 230 pounds, senior F from Duke

Key stats: 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and 32 percent from three

Projected: Second round

How would he help the Pistons?

I’m not convinced that he would. But I’m also a proponent of teams taking the best available player regardless of position in the second round. Second round picks are usually longshots to make a roster. A large percentage of guys never amount to much in the NBA. So even if the Pistons are fairly solid at the forward spot, a player like Singler may very well be the guy who has the best shot to make a roster when the Pistons pick.

These are the things he has going for him: he’s a decent 3-point shooter, he rebounds well for a guy who operates on the perimeter a lot, he’s a good passer for his size and he’s won a lot of games while being asked to play different roles during his Duke career. If the Pistons lose Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady to free agency and with the assumption that Jonas Jerebko is going to be counted on to play at least some of his minutes at the four, the Pistons actually could be in a position to add depth. Singler, as a guy who can shoot but is also big and strong enough to give some minutes at the four, might not be a bad pickup if he’s available and all of the promising bigs in the draft are off the board.

He’d also be the best trick shot artist on the team since Rasheed Wallace:

How wouldn’t he help the Pistons?

Singler won’t score inside. He can hit a midrange jumper, but a high percentage of his points in college come from 15 feet and out. He also didn’t shoot the ball well his senior season after being near 40 percent from three during his first three seasons. The Pistons also have a forward on the roster who is a bit too perimeter happy in Charlie Villanueva.

As much criticism as Villanueva has taken from fans, there’s a big difference between him and Singler: Villanueva is much more athletic. While Villanueva can surely slide over to the three and at least be OK athletically at the position, Singler still has to prove he can do that at the NBA level.

What are others saying?

From DraftExpress:

The fact that Singler has been a role-player essentially throughout his college career, doing so on a competitive and winning team throughout, will play in his favor, though. He is not the type of player who will need to make a huge transition in his style of play to make an impact. Furthermore, he’s ready to contribute immediately, as he’s a mature player both physically and mentally, who has been coached by one of the most respected men in basketball over the past four years. These things, along with his strong intangibles, could all look very attractive to a good team drafting in the second half of the first round looking for a solid piece to add to their rotation.

From ESPN:

NBA execs look for similarities for help in projections, so anything Singler can do to separate himself from (Gordon) Hayward would be great, and that starts with his perimeter shot. Hayward was good his first season and bad as a sophomore, and Singler is working on an “average, good, good, average” run over his four years. Of course, this season could end up as an excellent one from deep, starting with his 5-for-9 performance against Oregon. Combine a sharpshooter with the fighter/hustler Singler has proved to be in the past against a team like Michigan State? That’s a guy every team will covet.


Singler needs little room to get off a shot with his high release point in a 6’9 body … When he’s not spotting up, he shows offensive versatility in that he can hit a number of different types of shots in different ways … Reliable mid-range game with ability to shoot off dribble, although prefers to catch and shoot… High basketball IQ, high awareness of what’s going on around him which helps him defensively off the ball, as well as with the ball in his hands in regards to finding teammates cutting to the hoop… Sees court well for 6’9 forward … Fiery and competitive kid who just has a great overall feel for the game.

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  • Jun 23, 201110:47 pm
    by Cliff


    what an awful pick… could’ve taken jeremy tyler or keith benson or any other big
    i mean how can we use kyle?

  • Jun 23, 201110:59 pm
    by BIG MARV


    I think we still will get Benson I like the pick if we get a big I think Kyle is that garbage man,scrapper, custodian type player that will give det the kind of toughness and energy they need off the bench.

  • Jun 23, 201111:02 pm
    by Patrick Hayes


    Call me crazy, but I also could see Benson slipping to 52.

  • Jun 23, 201111:31 pm
    by b77


    look like this upcoming year could end up like last year. pistons will have a bunch of wing players and not much upfront. i dont’ think rip, bg, or stuckey is gonna get traded or brought out of their contract. dumars is not gonna give them up for free, and he’s probably over valuing them so he’s not gonna get what he think they should be able to get for them

    • Jun 24, 20119:00 am
      by RandomGuy313


      @b77: I think it was a consensus that regardless of who was picked this year, the results of next year would be the same.

      Any big that would have been taken would be a project, not someone that would garner heavy minutes.

  • Jun 23, 201111:33 pm
    by gmehl1977


    I think its Greg Smith with #52

  • Jun 23, 201111:57 pm
    by rob


    Like the pick, a guy like this can help this team right away, and you cant ask for more from a 2nd round pick.

    We got our star at 8. Solid role player in the 2nd. Thats a great draft.

    Dont know/care much about Macklin, but he’s got the size/strength we need and another 4 yr senior coached by a great one in Donovan. He may possiblty help this team too. If not, no biggie. We got two great picks in Knight/Singler already.

    Excited to see who’s going to be coaching them now.

    I give Joe props, he’s putting together a real nice young and talented core: Monroe, Knight, Stuckey, Jerebko, Daye, and Singler.

    Just need to a few veteran talented bigs through trade (Kaman, Jefferson?) and we will be rollin’/

  • Jun 24, 20118:05 am
    by detroitpcb


    This kid will be a solid backup in the NBA. With T-Mac and Tay leaving, the Pistons definitely needed a backup at the three, which Singler can play. This was a good pick, though i probably would have taken Tyler just because of need.

    Joe spoke of Knight and Stuckey playing together in the backcourt and he spoke of putting the ball in Knight’s hands and letting him develop so hopefully that means we will be trading Ben Gordon and Rip. Combine that with a sign & trade for Prince and the Pistons should be able to aquire a big to help Monroe up front.

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    by Janey Bonsey


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