Small Forward, 6’9″, 230 lbs.
Junior, Florida State University
21 years old
10/11 Stats: 13.1 PPG (43.4% FG, 66.7% FT, 36.8% 3-PT), 6.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 2.0 SPG, 1.5 BPG, 2.2 TOPG
Strengths: NBA body — great size and athleticism and a 7’1″ wingspan. Singleton is a defensive standout. He won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore, and he can defend four positions with lockdown capability. As a spot-up shooter, he has made significant progress and is now strong from long range. Also has the ability to post up, using his strength and quickness. An ultimate glue guy who can fill in across the board.
Weaknesses: The knock on Singleton is his lack of ball-handling ability. This limits his success creating his own shot as well. As such, he may be limited to spot-up shooting until this improves. His free throw shooting also needs to improve. Hasn’t been asked to be much of a facilitator so his passing skills will also need work.
How He’d Fit with the Kings: Immediate starter. What we need from our SF is tremendous defense and the ability to hit shots. To me, Singleton is that player. Thornton, Reke and Cousins can handle the scoring. Singleton can guard the other team’s best player every night. Huge boost to our defense. In transition, he can finish strong. On offense, Singleton would hang around the wing while Reke/Beno create, finding open spots for shooting. He has shown the ability to improve over his college career. If he did so at the NBA level, we’d have our SF. Casspi slots in as a role guy off the bench (if he returns) and Donte still needs to show consistency to earn minutes.
Approval: Yes. Singleton is my draft crush. I see him as a Shane Battier type of player — less skilled as a shooter but more athletic. He’s a glue guy that I think would fit in perfectly with our mix of talent. The only question is, is the 7th pick too high?
Where He Goes: Nobody seems to be talking about Singleton higher than the late lottery. He’ll have to impress in workouts to move up, or maybe he’s one of those “out of left field” picks that shocks people in the top 10. The Warriors (#11), Jazz (#12), Rockets (#14) and Wizards (#18) are possible landing spots.