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The Pistons don’t run plays for Kyle Singler

Terry Foster of The Detroit News has a collection of one-sentence paragraphs on Pistons rookie Kyle Singler today. Aside from pointing out the fact that Singler, at age 24, has already won titles at the high school, college and pro levels, there was also this bit:

The Pistons don’t call plays for Singler. He gets most of his points off hustle, dives and just being in the right place at the right time.

Now, I don’t point that out because it’s surprising, but it does reinforce what makes Singler a good fit in the starting lineup. His shooting has been an obvious benefit, but replacing a player that the team did have to call a lot of plays for so that he could get shots in Rodney Stuckey with a player who scores efficiently and barely has to touch the ball to do so has been the biggest reason he’s made such an impact in his three games as a starter.

8 Comments

  • Nov 21, 20123:05 pm
    by vic

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    I think they’d have a similar level of basketball success with Kim English in the 2nd unit, and letting Stuckey run point.

    I really hope that next year Lawrence has no more veterans available to take minutes from players that fit better, shoot better, and defend better. 

  • Nov 21, 20123:15 pm
    by Paul

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    I wholeheartedly agree with your assesment. Singler’s presence in the starting lineup not only opens up more offensive opportunities for the likes of Knight and Monroe, but it frees up Stuckey to make an impact on the second unit. The greatest impact from Singler’s new role seems to be the effect his unselfishness has had on Tayshaun Prince. Prince is no longer the offensive black hole he used to be, and that can be directly attributed to Singler’s style of play. While Singler probably isn’t the Piston’s long term answer at SG, he is a more than capable stop-gap until one can be found through the draft or free agency. Singler has all the tools to be a future do-it-all bench man, and it’s been impressive to watch his play thus far as a starter.

  • Nov 21, 20123:28 pm
    by tarsier

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    Singler does seem to have significant similarities to a certain Afflalo.

  • Nov 21, 20123:40 pm
    by Al

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    I’d like to see Middleton active and get a couple of minutes with the second unit since they insist on Jerebko being a PF. Well at least it would be a good time to see him while they are playing the Magic. The Singler effect has been great and I see him sustaining a 12-14 pt a game which means better spacing for the bigs. Singler is a blue collar player so he will always find a way to impact the game when he is in their..

  • Nov 21, 20123:42 pm
    by djunak

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    I don’t understand why people think Singler can’t be Detroits long term SG? He has started three games and has made the team much better and he is only a rookie. He as a lot to learn but his impact has being huge on the team, yet everybody keeps limiting him to a short lived carreer as a SG.

    • Nov 21, 20124:42 pm
      by Guy

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      djunak, if Singler can be their long term SG, then he’s a much better long term SF. He’s 6’8, plenty of height to guard SF. I you had said SF, i’d agree with you. People underestimating him, he could be the role playing SF of the future. 

      I wish I always had my dissertation available on fans thinking height at smaller positions makes a team/player better, it actually devalues the player and hurts the team. Here’s the short of it: You want to play a player at the biggest position they’re capable of playing at a high level, provided no one on the team can occupy the position better. Height has less significance the further you drag it from the hoops, and you’re reducing the players quickness and skill advantage by playing them at positions where the skill and quickness is better. 

    • Nov 21, 20124:51 pm
      by Guy

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      djunak, if Singler can be their long term SG, then he’s a much better long term SF. He’s 6’8, plenty of height to guard SF. I you had said SF, i’d agree with you. People underestimating him, he could be the role playing SF of the future. 

      Skill and athleticism always trumps height. Fans always seem to think height at smaller positions makes a team/player better, it actually devalues the player and hurts the team. Here’s the short of it: You want to play a player at the biggest position they’re capable of playing at a high level, provided no one on the team can occupy the position better. Height has less significance the further you drag it from the hoops, and you’re reducing the players quickness and skill advantage by playing them at positions where the skill and quickness is better. 

  • Nov 21, 20127:43 pm
    by frankie d

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    starting singler has been frank’s best move this season.
    let’s hope he makes a couple more.
    such as moving drummond into a rotation where he shares the frontcourt with monroe.
    and limiting tay’s minutes to about 22-25 per game.  would love it if he’d bring tay off the bench, but that is entirely unreasonable to even imagine. 

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