2011 NBA Mock Draft: Comparing Expert Opinions, Chris Singleton to Rockets
2011 NBA Mock Draft Nets Houston Rockets Top Athlete
After dispatching two of the top perimeter defenders over the past year in Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier, the Houston Rockets could use a new small forward to develop in this 2011 NBA Mock Draft.
Doug Gottlieb believes Singleton is a steal this late in the draft and is actually a Top 5 prospect. He writes:
Lockdown defender with 3-point range and, though he is a late bloomer on offense, he is ready-made for the NBA with the versatility needed to defend the 2-3-4 positions. Also showed great toughness and a desire to play by returning from a broken foot, whereas many would have shut it down and not risked the NCAA tournament.
Although his offense still needs some work, Singleton can immediately earn minutes simply by what he can bring on the defensive end. Chad Ford adds:
Singleton might be the best perimeter defensive player in the draft. He can guard three positions on the floor and shut down virtually everything with his length, strength and quickness. His offensive game is a still a work in progress, but that's not going to discourage teams this late in the draft.
In a team where Kevin Martin commands the basketball, someone like Singleton would be a welcome piece. Although he's unlikely to develop into an offensive star, NBA All Defensive selections could be in his future.
My pick: Chris Singleton, SF/PF, Florida State
Weight: 221 lbs.
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