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Kyle Singler must slow small forwards by keeping them moving

Lawrence Frank on Kyle Singler’s move to small forward, via David Mayo of MLive:

"You’ll be guarding some monsters now," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "You’ll be guarding these guys and it’s not like you’re going right back at them (offensively). It’s a different type of game. So you have to impact them in a different way, because you’ve got to keep those guys on the move on the other end. Whether it’s Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, at those positions, you’re going to have to do a lot at both ends."

Frank is, gasp, right. Though Singler is a better athlete than he receives credit for, he’ll be at a physical disadvantage most games (tonight against Martell Webster not withstanding). But Singler runs the court hard and cuts well. Trying to fatigue opposing small forwards should definitely be a focus of Singler.

6 Comments

  • Feb 13, 20135:41 pm
    by mixmasta

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    Kyle is a tad slower on most SF but he usually gets them tired in the long run. That’s the reason he gets those layups on the 2nd half. If he keeps it up, he can be like Rip but with better defense.

  • Feb 13, 20135:45 pm
    by Sloppy Joe

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    Singler is the Brandon Knight of the SG-SF position, not skilled enough for one and physically over-matched at the other.  Because of this both are doomed to a career of mediocrity.

    That’s not saying both can’t contribute off the bench though… 

  • Feb 13, 20136:07 pm
    by Corey

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    Mediocrity on a $1m per year contract is a huge asset to the team.

  • Feb 13, 20136:58 pm
    by Ryank

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    There are good defenders out there who are not great athletes.  Look at Battier.  He doesn’t try to do anything complicated.  He doesn’t give up the drive and puts a hand infront of his man’s eyes. 
     

  • Feb 13, 20138:26 pm
    by ryan

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    Good point about Battier and a good point by Frank overall.

  • Feb 13, 201310:30 pm
    by lisa

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    I’m enjoying watching Kyle more and more, he’s always moving and doing the little things, like disrupting plays. He get his hands on a lot of balls. He brings energy every night.

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