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Playoff Push: Kyle Singler

Each year, we do a themed preview series to ready for the season. This year’s theme is "Playoff Push."

What is the No. 1 thing Kyle Singler can step up to do to help the Pistons make the playoffs?

Shoot 3-pointers better

It’s no secret the Pistons’ starting lineup lacks shooting, so reserves who stretch the floor will get priority. Singler shot just below the league average from beyond the arc last season, a mark that could very well keep him in the rotation this year. But if he raises that percentage just a bit, it would go a long way on team in need of shooters.

-Dan Feldman

Play fewer minutes.

Nothing against Singler – as a second-round rookie last season, he played well and earned a rotation spot. But the fact that he played 28 minutes per game with serviceable-but-pedestrian production just speaks to how little talent the Pistons had last season. On an upgraded roster, there is still a role for Singler and the many positives he brings as a reserve – shooting, finishing around the basket, craftiness, intelligence, etc. But if he’s once again in a prominent role on this team, something has gone very wrong. The No. 2 thing he can do is to keep having amazing hairstyles.

-Patrick Hayes

Help off the bench

Singler started a lot of games last year at small forward and underplayed expectations for a starting wing player. This season, the squad has two more small forwards, Luigi Datome and Josh Smith. Although he might play over Datome, Singler definitely won’t start over Smith, who will be a key piece to the team this year. Singler’s main job this season will be to contribute as a shooter off the bench, taking a much lighter load than he has in the past.

-Jameson Draper

Shoot from 3-point range, consistently.

Singler wasn’t a bad shooter during his rookie season, but consistent probably isn’t the right way to describe that shooting, either. Despite playing a solid 30 minutes a night, Singler went on month stretches of being capable from… and then not. In December, February, March and April he shot 39 percent from deep — excellent, right? Well, during April and January, that percentage dipped to 27 percent. If Singler keeps that percentage closer to 40 than 30, he’ll force his way into the rotation – and stay there.

-Brady Fredericksen

8 Comments

  • Sep 30, 201312:20 pm
    by The Guru

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    Hahaha, you guys love Singler on this site…I called Singler a bum all last season because I thought he was a bad image to our starting line-up…He doesn’t have a bad boy bone in his body…I’m all for Singler coming off the bench and giving us 20mins per game though…Hopefully everything works out for him, I think he’ll succeed as a role player coming off the bench…

    • Sep 30, 20137:49 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      “Hahaha, you guys love Singler on this site”

      False. At the risk of speaking for others, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on this site who can’t get enough of watching Singler play. Everyone here is pretty realistic about what he is — a marginally decent role player signed for good value who out-performed what most second round picks ever do.

      Singler was only praised so often and caused people to be excited by him because of how truly awful the other options were. When your choices are a marginally effective Singler, watching Rodney Stuckey barrel into the lane and shoot 35 percent, watching Austin Daye miss open threes when hitting threes is allegedly the one thing he can do and watching the corpse of Corey Maggette, most people are going to be thoroughly excited to watch Singler.

      “I called Singler a bum all last season”

      If Singler was a bum, what did you call the 80 percent of the roster that wasn’t even as productive as Singler?

      “He doesn’t have a bad boy bone in his body”

      Uh … that’s what she said? Seriously though … Singler is an intelligent player who shoots decently, finishes well around the basket and played competent defense when he wasn’t asked to guard shooting guards last season. How is that not reminiscent of how the intelligent brand of basketball played by role players on the Bad Boys teams? Are you saying you’d like Singler to punch someone in the face to prove his Bad Boy-ness?

       ”I’m all for Singler coming off the bench and giving us 20mins per game though”

      That’s honestly the same thing that everyone who follows this team has ever wanted out of Singler. No one thinks he’s a great player. No one even thinks he’s a starter. He’s a cost-effective, smart role player who is fine as a member of a rotation. Pretty much the same thing has been written by every writer on the site who has written anything about Singler. 

      • Sep 30, 201311:36 pm
        by The Guru

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        “False. At the risk of speaking for others, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on this site who can’t get enough of watching Singler play. Everyone here is pretty realistic about what he is — a marginally decent role player signed for good value who out-performed what most second round picks ever do.”
         
        Relax…I wasn’t attacking you bro, that was said as a joke…It’s OK to be a Singler fan, I’m a Stuckey and Charlie V fan(I like all players from UCONN)…
         
        “When your choices are a marginally effective Singler, watching Rodney Stuckey barrel into the lane and shoot 35 percent, watching Austin Daye miss open threes when hitting threes is allegedly the one thing he can do and watching the corpse of Corey Maggette, most people are going to be thoroughly excited to watch Singler.”
         
        Singler isn’t better than Stuckey…Singler is awful defensively and he’s an average open shooter at best, remember I said open shooter…The dude can’t get to the line or control the ball like Stuckey either…Knight/Stuckey had far more of a competitive edge compared to Knight/Singler…Frank was an idiot to not see that…
         
        “played competent defense when he wasn’t asked to guard shooting guards last season.”
         
        Lol, lol…Hell no man!..I don’t know which Singler you were watching on TV…I wasted plenty of food on my nice carpet because I was screaming at Singler for consistently getting beat or lost on the perimeter…Singler was bad defensively against 2′s and 3′s…
         
        “Are you saying you’d like Singler to punch someone in the face to prove his Bad Boy-ness?”
         
        Yes!!! :-)
         
        “That’s honestly the same thing that everyone who follows this team has ever wanted out of Singler. No one thinks he’s a great player. No one even thinks he’s a starter. He’s a cost-effective, smart role player who is fine as a member of a rotation. Pretty much the same thing has been written by every writer on the site who has written anything about Singler. ”
        I hope so bro…I’ve had arguments with you in the past about Jonas and Singler’s role on this team…I remember a few months ago you were on Singler’s bandwagon and you put my name in one of your articles(remember Jodi Jezz) when Singler had a big game…Lol, it’s cool though…I love having mature conversations with people who think differently then me…We’re going to run into a another argument about KCP soon…That kid has future 6th man writing all over him…We’ll talk about that some other time though…

         
        I’m excited to see Singler playing his true role, which is a role player off the bench…I think we’ll see a raise in Singler’s FG% and hopefully we’ll see a better defender…I like Singler on our team, I just don’t like him as a starter…

  • Sep 30, 20135:46 pm
    by deusXango

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    Joe Dumars is applauded on one hand, for his offseason maneuvers, but when it comes to Singler, Gigi Datome is ignored; I don’t think Dumars made a mistake by signing Datome to a larger contract than what Singler is signed for, if in his opinion Datome was the better player. Singler is a rotation player only if Datome is a flop, but if Datome beats him out in training camp, he’s a situational player. With the upgrade in talent, a lot of familiar faces will be pushed down on the roster. 

    • Sep 30, 201310:18 pm
      by tarsier

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      The reason Datome got a bigger contract is that he is not a draft pick so another team could competitively offer him a deal. This is not indicative of who is the better player as Singler is currently worth more than he is making.

      That said, Datome certainly has more upside than Singler. 

  • Oct 1, 20133:34 am
    by Junior

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    Singler is waaaay better than some of you are giving him credit for. You NEED a guy like him in your team to be in regular rotation to be a high level contender….Watch

    • Oct 1, 201310:08 am
      by tarsier

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      Yes, a team typically needs cheap players who aren’t really liabilities in order to contend. So it’s good to have Singler. But he is also a very interchangeable player.

  • Apr 9, 201411:28 pm
    by Bette

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    I’ll try to put this to good use imialmetedy.

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