Chris Singleton: 2013-14 Washington Wizards Player Review
TAI’s 2013-14 Washington Wizards player reviews… Now: Chris Singleton (by Kyle Weidie).
Others (so far): Andre Miller (by Rashad Mobley); Drew Gooden (by John Converse Townsend); Kevin Seraphin (by Kyle Weidie); Trevor Ariza (by Conor Dirks); Martell Webster (by Adam Rubin); Al Harrington (by Kyle Weidie); Garrett Temple (by Adam Rubin); Trevor Booker (by Adam Rubin); Glen Rice, Jr. (by John Converse Townsend).
6-8 : Height
230 lbs. : Weight
24 : Age
3 : Years NBA Experience
1 : NBA Team
Drafted by the Wizards 18th overall in 2011.
Time as a Wizard in 2013-14
25 : Games
0 : Starts
250 : Minutes
NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Austin Croshere for the 1997-98 Indiana Pacers (7.7)
maybe DaJuan Summers for the 2011-12 New Orleans Hornets (9.0)
maybe Mike Gibson for the 1983-84 Washington Bullets (8.6)
.033 Win Shares/48 Minutes
NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Maciej Lampe with the 2003-04 Phoenix Suns (.029)
maybe Jon Brockman with the 2011-12 Milwaukee Bucks (.023)
With Singleton ON the court vs. off
The Wizards offense scored 12.9 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 4.0 points more per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-12.5
Numbers, per 36 Minutes
10.8 : Points
7.9 : Rebounds
0.4 : Blocks
1.3 : Steals
0.9 : Assists
2.4 : Turnovers
3.6 : Fouls
Singleton had 95 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.79 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 394th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 1.13 PPP over 61 possessions, which is bad.
37.3% Field Goals (25-67)
36.8% 3-Pointers (7-19)
72.0% Free Throws (18-25)
What did we expect?
Via Chris Singleton’s 2013-14 season preview, by Adam McGinnis (Oct. 25, 2013):
Not much, just Chris 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.
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 same day—less than 10 days from 2013 Wizards training camp—that Emeka Okafor was declared out indefinitely (which remains the same case more than eight months later), Singleton was declared out for 6-to-8 weeks due to a Jones fracture in his left foot. He made his debut almost two months later with 65 seconds of action at the end of the first half in a Nov. 26 win over the Lakers in Washington. Otto Porter made his debut about a week and a half later after missing training camp himself and ended up playing in 12 more games/69 more minutes than Singleton on the season. Otto scored three more points, shot 3.9 percent better from the field, and got two more rebounds than Singleton in his time. That’s pretty much all you need to know … about both of them.
Otherwise, Singleton’s per 36 minutes rates in standard categories did improve from 2012-13, even as his playing time continued to diminish. But his shooting percentage on jumpers dropped from 31.3 percent in 2012-13 to 28.6 percent in 2013-14. Singleton, in limited time this past season, appeared to be more aggressive and more physical (a lack of which previous hindered him in the eyes of the coaching staff). But if he’s not a threat to hit a jumper then there’s not much reason for him to be on the court, especially as he never surfaced as an intimidating defensive stopper. (Trevor Booker, to compare, became a better jump shooter, making 37.8 percent of his jumpers in 2013-14, and thus earned more playing time.) Singleton’s career in Washington likely ends with finally being on a playoff team, but with a string of inactive designations for each and every one of those games.
Carmelo can get a lot of defenders dancing,
but this still wasn’t a good look for C-Sing.
Presumably after a summer of hard work, a training camp invite somewhere. Maybe. Perhaps a stint in the D-League in hopes that he can hone his offensive skills and defensive awareness and get another chance. If he wants more money, that somewhere probably becomes foreign land.
Singleton hasn’t seen his last chance in the Association. He’s certainly got an NBA body, but I think the Wizards expected more athletically. It soon became apparent that Singleton could not keep up with NBA 3s as much as team brass had hoped—so, eons away from Scottie Pippen (his comparison) and a trip to Andromeda away from Bruce Bowen (Flip Saunders’ once-upon-a-time comparison). Would it make a difference if I told you that DraftExpress.com dubbed Trevor Ariza as Singleton’s best case scenario and Dominc McGuire his worst when he was coming into the NBA?
Considering that Ariza, like Singleton, is far from his best when asked to create off the dribble but has added enduring value to his defensive capabilities by developing a 3-point shot that he didn’t have upon entering the NBA, there’s still a glimmer of hope for Singleton, even though he will turn 25 at the beginning of next season. His 31.9 percent career 3-point percentage is only 0.3 percent off Kemba Walker’s career mark and one percent better than Jimmy Butler’s (both taken in the same draft class).
But, alas, somewhat similar to Jan Vesely (as the Wizards elected to not pick up the fourth-year options on either of their top picks from 2011 prior to the 2013-14 season), confidence, chances, and hope for Singleton in Washington have been struck down by the Wizards’ wand.
In a poor team effort at home against the Bucks on Dec. 6, Singleton went 1-for-10 on FGs and missed a potential game-winner at the regulation buzzer. He received a nice pass from John Wall that was not unlike LeBron’s pass to Chris Bosh for a missed 3-pointer from the corner at the end Game 5 against the Pacers in Indiana. The Wizards lost their game in overtime.
Singleton scored a season-high 13 points (3-7 FGs, 7-8 FTs) and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in a big triple-overtime Wizards win over the Toronto Raptors on Feb. 27. This was around the time that Singleton was getting playing time over Otto Porter (with Nene out and Kevin Seraphin nursing a sore knee), much to the chagrin of fan observers, even though it was the right coaching move—the Wiz needed his toughness over Otto’s frailness. Nevertheless, Singleton never made much of an impression and probably more so sealed his fate, despite this effort.
Singleton’s top plays of the year can probably be seen via the Vines below: a cut to the basket and dunk off a nice pass from Wall, and somehow hitting a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer against the Warriors in D.C.
Otherwise, we’ll always have the excitement of Singleton slipping to the Wizards at 18th in the 2011 draft (he was the last player to leave the Green Room), the fact that he signed a shoe deal with Spalding, and him once blowing $10K on lottery tickets (better than spending it in the club) to remember. As far as basketball action, we’ll leave you with these two Vines which better represent Singleton’s 2013-14 season with the Wizards: