#WizardsRank: James Singleton, No. 14: Mr. Intercontinental
Truth About It.net will turn a whole five years old at the end of this October.
Hard to believe/interesting. Nonetheless, over the life of the site from the 2007-08 season to 2011-12, we’ve seen/lived/suffered through 131 wins, 263 losses, four coaches, two owners, one GM/team president, one Phil Chenier mustache removal, and 56 total players (amazingly, 48 players over the last three seasons).
You may have heard of ESPN’s #NBArank project, now in year two. Now hear of #WizardsRank, where we rank each of those 56 players during Truth About It.net’s five-year run. TAI anonymously polled 27 members of the Wizards pixel establishment — from mainstream media to new media, TAI staffers included, to a few pixel consumers (readers of the site) — and got 17 responses.
Participants were given the full list of 56 in alphabetical order, and included for each player were total games, minutes, PER (player efficiency rating), and WS/48 (win-shares per 48 minutes) only from the last five seasons. Participants were asked to rate each player on the scale of 1-to-10 according to this criteria: on court performance; off court performance; intangibles; and own personal memory. Yes, this is totally subjective, but relatively collective.
NOTE: #WizardsRank Nos. 56 to 15 have been posted and links can be found below. We are now releasing player rankings one at a time. -Kyle W.
5.29 out of 10
(44 games, 1,028 minutes, 13.8 PER, .091 WS/48)
Circumstance and basketball operations finally made the decision to break up the “Big 3” back in the winter of 2010, and the question that comes to mind is how does a filler in those series of trades end up 14th in #WizardsRank?
James Singleton is an undersized 4, a “tweener.” And sometimes this can be a legitimate limitation, but not always. It’s almost certainly why Singleton is a basketball vagabond who has only appeared in 44 games over two different seasons with Washington (contracts in China have been more lucrative). Since going undrafted out of Murray State in 2003, he never stopped improving in all his stops — Italy, Los Angeles, Spain, Dallas, Washington, China — and this is also evident in our end-of-season recap of Singleton’s 12 games with the Wizards in 2011-12. He hasn’t bounced around so much because he lacks basketball moxie or intensity.
Singleton’s scowl, hustle and big smile quickly endeared him to fans. Stop the other team’s best post scorer? Got ya. Need some 50-50 balls? James is all over it. Want someone to clean the boards? “Big Game James” holds it down. Wide open J from 15-feet? He’ll take it with no hesitation.
While some of his immature teammates in D.C. possessed more gifted ability while they seemingly struggled to find their way, Singleton was the opposite. He beamed with confidence and backed it up on the court, and thus left only positive memories. Singleton’s 21 rebound outing against Indiana Pacers on March 24, 2010 along with his impressive 19.62 PER in 2012 are statistical examples of his stellar time as a Wizard.
#Wizards Twitter nation loves Big Game James because he reminded everyone how basketball should be played. He recently signed a contract back in China with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers, where he will team up with fellow import Von Wafer. Will James Singleton make it back to the League? He probably has at least another chance or two.
The below interview of Singleton after last game of season, a win versus the Miami Heat, contains all sorts of random goodies. He discusses the significant difference in locker room culture between his stints with the team, how he knows he belongs in the NBA, and details about his honeymoon. Check it out.
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No. 56: Cedric Jackson; No. 55: Mike Bibby; No. 54: Paul Davis; No. 53: Edwin Ubiles; No. 52: Quinton Ross.
No. 51: Mike Wilks; No. 50: Mike Harris; No. 49: Javaris Crittenton; No. 48: Dee Brown; No. 47: Morris Almond.
No. 46: Larry Owens; No. 45: Mustafa Shakur; No. 44: Brian Cook; No. 43: Hamady N’diaye; No. 42: Rashard Lewis.
No. 41: Hilton Armstrong; No. 40: Oleksiy Pecherov; No. 39: Mike James; No. 38: Fabricio Oberto; No. 37: Ronny Turiaf.
No. 36: Lester Hudson; No. 35: Yi Jianlian; No. 34: Juan Dixon; No. 33: Josh Howard; No. 32: Chris Singleton.
No. 31: Al Thornton; No. 30: Shelvin Mack; No. 29: Mo Evans; No. 28: Mike Miller; No. 27: Alonzo Gee.
No. 26: Randy Foye; No. 25: Dominic McGuire; No. 24: Andray Blatche; No. 23: Earl Boykins; No. 22: Roger Mason.