It's a good thing Kyle Singler isn't a typical rookie. Spending a year overseas before coming to the Pistons helped him adjust to becoming a starter at two different positions. He has started 42 games for the Pistons. He replaced an injured Rodney Stuckey at shooting guard early in the season and stayed in the lineup when Stuckey volunteered to come off the bench. When Tayshaun Prince was traded to Memphis last week, Singler assumed the small forward duties: his more natural position at 6-feet-8 and 230 pounds. He tied his season high with 40 minutes against the Lakers and Kobe Bryant in Sunday's 98-97 loss, and got a thumbs-up from coach Lawrence Frank against one of the greatest shooting guards in league history. Singler scored 12 points against the Brooklyn Nets in Wednesday's 93-90 loss. Entering the contest, he averaged 8.8 points per game as a starter. Off the bench, he averaged 7.9 points in eight games. Entering Wednesday, Singler ranked first among rookies in three-point shooting (38.5%), sixth in scoring (8.7) and tied for seventh in rebounds (3.9) while playing 28 minutes per game. "He has had a very good rookie campaign," Frank said. "Very solid, follows the game plan, stays within himself, stays within the system, plays to his strengths. I think he's a good player, and he's only going to get better. "I think the four years at Duke, first, then going overseas and playing professional basketball. It's in his DNA. When you're the same guy every day that's a talent. The reliability, the availability, those are all part of the talent code here." The Pistons don't run plays for Singler, so he scores because he either gets open or makes a play for himself in transition.
Pistons' Kyle Singler succeeding in multiple roles
Detroit Free Press | Feb 7