This Year’s Chris Singleton : TAI Wizards Player Previews 2013-14
[Truth About It.net player previews of Washington Wizards in 2013-14 -- For each player on this year's roster of 15, we take a look at what's at stake, an interesting statistic, and finally, where that player needs to improve (or excel) to make successful contributions toward a playoff goal.]
Eric Maynor via Conor Dirks; Garrett Temple via Adam McGinnis;
Otto Porter via Adam Rubin; Glen Rice, Jr. via Rashad Mobley;
Trevor Ariza via John C. Townsend; Trevor Booker via Adam Rubin;
Al Harrington via Kyle Weidie; Chris Singleton via Adam McGinnis;
Kevin Seraphin via Sean Fagan; Martell Webster via John C. Townsend;
Jan Vesely via Kyle Weidie & Lukas Kuba; Nene Hilario via Rashad Mobley;
Emeka Okafor via Sean Fagan;
Bradley Beal via Kyle Weidie; John Wall via Conor Dirks.
WHAT’S AT STAKE.
Not much, just Chis Singleton’s short Wizards career being on the line. The 6-foot-8 forward is entering his third season and has yet to establish himself in two rocky NBA campaigns. He was overwhelmed as a rookie (getting the starting nod in 51 of 66 games), and never found a groove last season. It was partially due to lack of playing time, but he was never a consistent performer when opportunities did knock. Washington has to decide by October 30 if they want to exercise Singleton’s $2.626 million contract option for 2014-15. When news broke right before training camp that Singleton fractured his left foot and would miss a few months, it became a foregone conclusion that Wizards would not pick it up. This does not mean Singleton’s career in D.C. would necessarily be over, as he could return
similarly to how Al-farouq Aminu once did in New Orleans. Regardless, the stakes are high for the former Florida State standout.
2011-12, 44-127 .346%
2012-13, 7-36, .194%
Via NBA.com, Shot Charts:
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.
Those above shot charts clearly depict what Singleton must do in 2013-14 to find his NBA footing. Washington’s glut of wings means that his chance of contributing will be at the power forward position. Singleton could end up being the coveted “stretch four” that Wizards media obsessed over all summer (me included) after John Wall declared he wanted one on the roster. I don’t think Singleton took Wall’s public request as a slight because he believes that he is more of a small forward. Chris told me at last year’s Media Day that he thought his game was modeled after Scottie Pippen’s. He wasn’t joking, and that quote has always stuck with me of how he sees himself. Aside from becoming a reliable long distance shooter, dribbling and defense are two other areas that must see drastic improvement. The allure of a smaller guy playing power forward is that he can take bigger guys off the bounce. Singleton’s shaky handle has always prevented him from excelling at this. The two-time ACC Defensive Player of Year was advertised as the top defender in the entire 2011 Draft, yet, this calling card defense has yet to materialize for Washington. (Ironically, the Wizards became a top tier defensive team last season with his minutes cut.) Singleton must use his length and natural skill set to D some cats up. A great example would be him being able to lock-down Carmelo Anthony or Paul Pierce (or at least bother them to a high degree, a la Bruce Bowen, another past Singleton comparison). With Emeka Okafor on the shelf indefinitely (I suspect it is longer than anyone wants to admit and we could be facing the reality of ‘Mek being out for good), there are extra minutes for Singleton to grab. The key will be for him to show that he can battle for rebounds effectively. Also, his career free throw percentage (61%) is putrid, but completely fixable. The odds are stacked against the soft-spoken Atlanta native, but he showed last year that he was able to perform after being sidelined for weeks. All of this is contingent on how well he comes back from his injury. As followers of this franchise know, that is always a crapshoot in #SoWizards life. Chris has always been a professional to deal with since day one of his rookie season, and I have enjoyed our conversations. Here is my interview with him at Wizards 2013 Media Day last month: Adam McGinnis: What happened?
Chris Singleton: I was just working out here and felt something funny in my foot. I got it checked out by a trainer. I went to go get X-rays and found out that I had a fractured foot.
AM: It is called a Jones fracture?
CS: Yeah … I don’t know why. I will be out 6-to-8 weeks. Hopefully be ready by beginning of the season.
[Ed. Note: C'mon, Chris, even I looked up "Jones Fracture" on Wikipedia.]
AM: How frustrating has this been? What kind of emotions have you been going through?
CS: It is just a minor set back. The good thing is that there is no training camp (laughs), I get to go straight into playing. I am pretty sure that I will have plenty of practice time before I step onto the court and face live competition … whenever I do decide to come back. The hardest thing is just sitting at the house. I have to keep my foot elevated and not be around basketball and in the gym with teammates is hard. Plus, I like to do things and just being at the house and stagnant is just bothering me.
AM: Hard time getting used to crutches?
CS: Actually, this is only like the fourth time that I have been out of the house since having surgery.
AM: Netflix, video games?
CS: Netflix, video games, just TV man. Catching up on Dexter and Ray Donovan.
[Earlier, Singleton complained to another reporter that he was unaware that you had to download something to play the new Grand Theft Auto 5. He is an Xbox guy.]
AM: What is your rehab schedule like?
CS: My foot has to stay elevated for a period of time. I am not allowed to get sweaty because it could affect my foot, so I have to stay away from everything until the doctor gives me the OK to get back into the gym. Start putting pressure on it and start getting back into shape.
AM: What was your Summer like? What did you work on? I know you went to Summer League.
CS: Summer League, I did all right. But Summer League is much different than actual NBA games. I felt like I was working on my jump shot. I felt like it had come consistent. I worked on my ball handling. I have been working on my low post skills. I tried to add on a couple pounds on to me.
AM: You excelled last season at the stretch four position, do you feel that is your niche in this league?
CS: My niche is going to be defense. With this team, I know that I will be playing a lot at the four. I am so versatile that I can still play the three, but this team needs me at the four. I am just going to go in there and bust my butt.
AM: Feelings about this team?
CS: There are a lot of goofy moments with our team. I think we are more together, more bonded, just because of it. Everybody picks on everybody in the locker room. It is more friendly than anything else. Nobody is out to get any body. Just us having fun. It is good to be around that.
AM: What is your approach to social media?
CS: I try to get awareness out to everybody. Express my opinion on little things. Put Lyrics out to how I am feeling on songs.
AM: So when I don’t understand what you are talking about, it is usually a lyric?
CS: Yeah, sometimes lyrics or if I just watched a movie, like how I feel during the movie.
AM: What music are you listening to now?
CS: I listen to everybody. I am trying to cross over now. Not just stay on the rap. Hip/hop and R&B. I am trying to get into a little rock, little country.
AM: Rock, like The Black Keys? Who you been listening to?
CS: I said that I am trying to. I have not got that far yet. Since I was in Tallahassee … Miami and Florida is known for basically for the House music. A lot of my friends in college are now DJs in Miami so they send me all of their music and stuff. Like that ‘Dah, Dah’ little beat. Occasionally, they say words. That is where I am now. I am trying to get into rock and country.
AM: How do you deal with the haters on social media?
CS: I try to look at the funniest comments and see what they say and just laugh. People’s opinions don’t really affect me. They have no idea what is going on in my life. I just don’t pay attention to them. I just think that they are funny.
AM: So you just laugh it off?
CS: Yeah, I just laugh it off. I like to read other people’s comments about other people. I think it is pretty funny. I like to google peoples’ beefs and stuff like that. Like Rihanna and her new beef and what everybody is saying about it. That is hilarious. Like she is in every song now (laughs). I think that is hilarious.
AM: Did you see Kanye’s meltdown on twitter last night about Jimmy Kimmel?
CS: Yeah, because Kimmel made fun of him. He had that little boy in the chair. (cracks up) It was hilarious. Everyone was mocking him. I saw little clips of his (Kanye) interview. It was like ‘it is all about me.’ He is just a funny guy. I think he does some of this stuff to stay in the spotlight because people are going to talk about him, but he is a creative dude and I like him.
AM: You like Kanye or Kimmel or both?
CS: Both, did you see that Kimmel twerking video? The fire one? He put that together. It was all over and crazy. I loved it.
Twerk Fire Video
It turns out that Kimmel was in on the video.
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