Not that anyone (well, maybe on person) wouldn’t have predicted as much simply by watching, but Kyle Singler has had a significant impact on Detroit’s offense since he moved into the starting lineup for the Pistons. Zach Lowe of Grantland has the specific numbers that back that up:
Detroit is 6-5 since moving Singler into Rodney Stuckey’s starting role, and though the change hasn’t turned the Pistons into a white-hot scoring machine, it has helped. Detroit’s new starting lineup has scored 102.1 points per 100 possession so far, a mark that would rank 12th in the league. The old lineup, devoid of any long-range shooting, is scoring a sub-Wizards 88.8 points per 100 possessions, and this new group at least looks likes an NBA-level offense. There’s more impactful off-ball movement, a bit more space on the floor, more dribble handoffs, and a level of dynamism that wasn’t there before. It’s not much, especially as Brandon Knight continues to have control and turnover issues, but it’s a start.
Also, if you’re not reading Lowe’s columns on Grantland yet, you’re missing out. Not only is he a great writer, he’s one of the few national writers out there who consistently pays attention to and mentions the Pistons in his work.
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