Nithin Kuchibhotla: When the Washington Wizards used the 18th pick in the 2011 Draft to select Chris Singleton, the following players were still available on the board: Tobias Harris, Kenneth Faried, Reggie Jackson, Jimmy Butler and plenty of others. Of course hindsight shows that Washington would have been better off with any of those players, but on that day, fans were convinced that the team finally filled a need of a long, athletic, perimeter defender. Two years later, Singleton has shown neither the production nor the potential to merit being on an NBA roster, much less a 1st round pick. He’s become one of the flagship pieces of evidence in the ‘Fire Ernie Grunfeld’ movement and actually regressed across the board in year two from some bad-to-begin-with stats from his rookie season. To highlight some of my favorites, he came through with a PER of 7.8, a TS% of 42.5, an Offensive Rating of 87, and -1.5 Win Shares. No, these are not typos and yes, his basketball-reference page was under consideration to be a blocked site (sadly enough, he didn’t even have the worst offensive numbers on the roster this season. In case you’re wondering, the Wizards are headed back to the lottery). To make matters worse for Singleton, his defense was absent as well, as the Wizards actually gave up 2.5 more points per 100 possessions with him on the floor.
I won’t claim the ineptitude was entirely without external causation though. Singleton’s minutes were often yanked around, going through stretches of DNP-CDs at times, while managing to also squeeze into the starting lineup 11 times. He fought through some injuries and much like other big men on the Wizards roster had to endure over 2 months of the season receiving zero play making from the point guard spot. But that fact remains he will continue to enjoy the comfort of the bench if he doesn’t improve on his uninspiring offensive game (to be kind). As of now, I see his ceiling as an end of the rotation guy who can come in and provide some energy but to ask for anything more would be greedy. With Singleton in town, along with the one and only Jan Vesely, the class of 2011 is really testing our belief that the Wizards actually employ a scouting division. I don’t think analysts are saying the same things about Faried right now.
Final Grade: D