Saturday, I wrote about the possibility of the last 20 something games being a tryout for Brandon Knight, but I also talked about it being one for Kyle Singler as well.
When I saw Lawrence Frank with the quick hook on Singler in the first half (and 2nd half, too) of Sunday night’s massacre against the Spurs, it looked like Singler was exhausted, perhaps from the schedule, perhaps from being a little overmatched on a night to night basis.
I had the misfortune of saying on Twitter that Singler is a bench player and that the Pistons need an upgrade, which some folks took as a shot to Singler. It’s just not true, as I think Singler will be a good player on good teams but perhaps he could be better served as an energy guy coming off the bench.
The swingmen spots is definitely something the Pistons will look to upgrade through the draft, free agency and trades. They need an athlete or a super scorer to go along with the Monroe/Drummond frontcourt, especially if they plan to keep Jose Calderon as point guard.
That way, Singler can come off the bench playing the shooting guard and small forward spots, not only against reserves, but also in a position where his size can be better served as opposed to it being a detriment. His activity will always be a plus, especially if it’s in doses and an anchor for a second unit.
With the Pistons having him for a relative cheap cost over the next two years after this one, he has time to develop at his own pace without being overworked.