Chris Singleton: 11.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.8 APG, .8 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Like Vesely, Chris Singleton had plenty of things to prove during the summer league. Out of all of Washington’s forwards, Singleton is probably the odd-man out.
I honestly don’t think Singleton played as well as he could’ve during the summer league, but he still managed to make it a semi-successful campaign for himself. Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld and the Wizards are still desperately searching for a player who could play the stretch 4 on their roster (newsflash, you won’t find one), with hopes of Singleton transitioning his game to suit that position. Unfortunately, Singleton missed every three point shot he took in the 5 games he played in, but he did shoot the ball better than we’re used to seeing.
Singleton scored 16 points against the Memphis Grizzlies in Las Vegas and some of his points came from out in the perimeter, which could be a positive sign even though long two’s are the worst shot in basketball. Singleton, who was once a coveted defender coming out of college, is trying to become a better jump shooter in order to stay afloat in the NBA. We’re used to seeing Singleton shoot the ball with a robotic motion, with virtually no fluid motion on his shot, but it actually looked acceptable in the summer league.
There were times where Singleton went straight up and down on his shot and occasionally made a jumper from the perimeter, which is definitely a sign of the work he put in the gym this off-season. Sadly, Singleton wasn’t nearly as consistent in the summer league as we would’ve hoped, especially since he’s entering his third season in the NBA.
At 6’9, I still think Singleton could become a decent NBA defender at both forward spots, but he hasn’t progressed at the rate we would’ve hoped. Singleton still leaves a lot to be desired and that’s not a good sign on a team full of guys playing the same position.
I can’t see Singleton cracking the rotation during the regular season because he’s still somewhat of a liability on the offensive side of the floor, and doesn’t possess the one ability to do something to separate himself from others.
Overall, Singleton had a decent run in the summer league.