With most of the Pistons rookie talk this off-season being centered around first-round pick Andre Drummond, fellow Pistons rookie Kyle Singler played somewhat of an 'under-the-radar' card coming off his season away in Spain. With nearly 10 percent of the 2012-13 season in the books and the Pistons sitting at 0-8, there's little reason for the immediate future to spring hope in the heart's of the Detroit faithful. But as David Thorpe points out in his ESPN.com "Rookie Watch," with Singler and Drummond on the roster the Pistons look to be going in the right direction for many seasons to come. (ESPN Insider subscription required to view article)
No. 8 on David Thorpe's "Rookie Watch"-Kyle Singler
"Detroit might be the league's worst team right now, but the Pistons have to be happy with the play of Singler. His play thus far screams "steady" and, since he has significant upside as a shooter, he looks to have a real chance at being a solid rotation player. He leads all rookies in true shooting percentage (.686) thanks to excellent shot selection. Singler is going to be part of the solution in Detroit, not part of the problem."
"Five guys who look ready to start playing better soon"-Andre Drummond
"He's doing a nice job of rolling to the rim after ball screens and just hanging around the paint, giving him a chance to make a play at the rim thanks to his size and wingspan. Given Detroit's rough start, we might see significant playing time for Drummond relatively soon to help jump-start his learning curve."
With nearly every Pistons loss forcing fans to walk away with only 'silver-lining' victories, the development of Singler and Drummond has become one of the main attractions. Fans were given a taste of what Drummond is capable of in his 22 point, 21 minute performance on the road against Oklahoma City, and Singler's consistent outside shooting provides something the Pistons sorely lack. Neither rookie plays solid defense though, and as Lawrence Frank delves out playing time based on hustle and defensive effort it's likely that these two rookies will continue to play between 15-20 minutes each night. Still, if the losing continues and the season becomes more clearly about player development than wins, Pistons fans calling for Drummond and Singler to play more significant minutes might get their wish.Tags: Andre Drummond, Basketball, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, Kyle Singler, NBA