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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Singler




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Singler


Position: Small Forward

Size: 6-8, 230

School: Duke, Senior


Strengths:
  • Great outside shooter
  • Can create his own shot, pull-up off the dribble and hit jumpers
  • Uses shot fakes and ball fakes to help him create spacing
  • Capable of putting the ball on the deck and driving to the basket
  • Quick first step
  • Able to post up smaller defenders
  • Length helps him on the boards
  • Great basketball IQ



    Weaknesses:
  • Needs to add strength
  • Lacks ideal lateral quickness to guard NBA small forwards
  • More of a finesse finisher meaning he gets his shot blocked too often around the basket
  • Struggles against athletic defenders
  • Tends to force shots and settle for his jumper too often

    Summary: Singler surprised many by deciding to return for his senior season especially after helping lead Duke to the national title. He is a great college player but does not have the ideal traits that translate to a successful pro. However, if Gordon Hayward can go ninth overall and Luke Babbitt 16th overall in this past draft, there is no reason to believe Singler will fall out of the first round and could possibly be taken in the late lottery by a team looking for immediate help.

    Player Comparison: Mike Dunleavy. Both Dukies are perimeter-based forwards who rely more on their outside shooting than ability to attack the basket. Dunleavy struggles on the defensive end in the NBA which is likely a similar fate to what Singler can expect since he is not physical enough to bang with fours but not quick enough to guard most threes.







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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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