With the second half of the NBA season beginning, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press took a look at the first half of Medford product Kyle Singler.
Going into the All-Star break, Singler was third on the Detroit Pistons in minutes played, not counting newcomer Jose Calderon, and fourth among rookies overall in the NBA. He was eighth in 3-point shooting (38.1 percent) and ninth in scoring (9.0 points per game).
Singler, a starter since the ninth game of the season, has even better numbers – 2.5 points per game — since Tayshaun Prince was traded.
The generous minutes have expedited his growth as a professional. He told Ellis he didn’t know what to expect in that regard.
“Thinking positively,” said Singler, “I would have hoped that I would be playing these types of minutes, but coming into the season, I had no idea I would be playing these types of minutes.”
He’s also moved from shooting guard to his more-natural small forward position, a change he embraced.
“It’s never really been much of a transition before since the 2 and the 3 are somewhat similar positions,” Singler told the Free Press. “I’ve been in a good flow and I’ve been scoring the ball decently. It’s been a good move. I’m happy I’m on the court playing the 3.”
He also admitted to a desire to be invited to the Rising Stars competition during All-Star festivities but it isn’t something he’s worrying about.
The Pistons are 1-2 since the All-Star break.