2011 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks Go for Shooter with Kyle Singler at No. 26
NBA Draft 2011 Lands Kyle Singler With Dallas Mavericks at Pick No. 26
Kyle Singler was considered one of the top college basketball players for the last four seasons.
His pedigree speaks for itself:
He never averaged lower than 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. a game, he won a national championship and was coached by one of the greatest there is.
But how will he translate his skills to the NBA?
He projects to be a small forward at the next level, and is going to have a huge problem competing against more athletic players at the position.
His fundamentals and knowledge of the game are of the charts. He knows how to play the game the right way and will be able to provide three-point shooting and maximum effort for 20 minutes a night.
ESPN’s Chad Ford had this to say about Singler:
Long arms and good size for his position…excellent mid-range jumper…lacks lateral quickness….needs to add strength to his body
If Singler can hit the weight room hard, I mean really hard, then he can get to the level of an average rebounder in the NBA.
Good Fit or Bad Fit?
Singler had an unexpected ending to his career at Duke after being exposed by the surefire NBA star Derrek Williams. The Mavs have been getting beat by superior big men for years now.
Do they really need more of that?
The Mavericks can draft him for his shooting off the bench. Going to a team like Dallas would allow him to fill a role without being relied to do much. That's what Singler is going to need.
The Mavs need more depth in the front court—not a one-dimensional player like Singler.
Chances of NBA Success: 35%
Aside from a high basketball IQ and a solid jumper, he doesn't have much else to offer.
He has a lot of work to do if he plans on becoming a solid contributor in the NBA.
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