It’s been a while since I stirred up the small but vocal crowd of Pistons fans who are mad that Kyle Singler preferred more money, a guaranteed contract and playing time in Spain to the opportunity to back up Austin Daye with the Pistons. I’m fully supportive of Singler’s individual reasoning for waiting to join the NBA, but as Wendell Maxey of Ridiculous Upside points out, Singler playing in Spain is good for the Pistons as well:
Ask Kyle Singler if he made the right choice by deciding to finish out the season overseas instead of report to the Detroit Pistons once the lockout was resolved, and you will likely get a “yes” every time.
Joe Dumars may see it differently, but Singler made the right decision not only from a present basketball stand point but also in driving up his stock in the future. The options were simple: head into camp with the Pistons with a non-guaranteed deal and battle for a chance to likely sit the season on head coach Lawrence Frank’s bench as the team sinks below a .500 season mark, or parlay it all for a successful situation in Spain.
After starting the season with Lucentum Alicante, the 6-foot-8 forward out of Duke inked with Real Madrid, where he’s appeared in 17 games. He’s shooting 60% from the field, while averaging 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in roughly 19 minutes per game. Solid.
Dumars may not agree with the way it went down, but he will come to appreciate Singler more next season in Detroit.
If Singler made himself a better player and more valuable prospect for the Pistons by improving and playing well in Spain, I can’t see how anyone could argue he made a bad decision.
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