Kyle Singler

Kyle Singler

Singler with the Detroit Pistons in January 2014
No. 15 Oklahoma City Thunder
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-05-04) May 4, 1988
Medford, Oregon
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school South Medford (Medford, Oregon)
College Duke (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011 Lucentum Alicante
2011–2012 Real Madrid
20122015 Detroit Pistons
2015–present Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Kyle Edward Singler (born May 4, 1988)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Singler was a four-year starter for the Duke men's basketball team and was instrumental in their 2010 NCAA championship run, earning MVP of the Final Four. In the 2011 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons selected Singler in the second round with the overall 33rd pick. Singler joined the Pistons for the 2012–13 season after playing in Spain during 2011–12.

High school career

Singler attended South Medford High School. In high school, he averaged 29.3 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game as a senior.[1]

In 2006, Singler played against Brandon Jennings in the championship game of The Les Schwab Invitational. Singler was also named to the 2006 U18 USA Junior National team, alongside fellow top prospects Michael Beasley, Jerryd Bayless, and 2006 star recruit Spencer Hawes. Singler is also one of eight players featured in Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, a 2008 documentary directed by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys which was filmed in 2006.

In October 2006, he signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Duke University.[2]

In 2007 Singler led South Medford to its first-ever state basketball championship, winning 58–54 over defending champion Lake Oswego and national standout Kevin Love.[3] A year earlier Love and Lake Oswego had defeated Singler and South Medford for the state championship.

Singler was a member of the Legends AAU team, along with future UCLA player Kevin Love, and participated in many prestigious all-American camps, including the Nike All-American Camp (Indianapolis), the Nike Peach Jam (Augusta), and the Main Event (Las Vegas).

High school awards and honors

College career

2007–08 season

Singler during his tenure with Duke.

Singler started at power forward as a freshman, and finished the 2007–08 season with averages of 13.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping lead Duke to a 28–6 record. Singler put to rest any speculation that he might enter the 2008 NBA draft, saying:

I didn’t give the NBA any thought, I know I’m not ready. I need to mature both physically and mentally. I want to get stronger and quicker, and I want to work on learning how to play the game. I’m at a great place for that.[5]

2008–09 season

In January 2009 he had a career-high 16 rebounds against Georgetown,[6] a game in which Duke won 76-67. Singler ended the 2009 season as the top scorer for Duke.[7] At the end of the season Singler was averaging a team high 16.5 points per game in just 37 games played.[8]

2009–10 season

In February 2010 Singler scored a career-high 30 points against Georgia Tech, hitting a career-high 8 three-pointers in 10 attempts.[6] In the ACC Tournament Final (playing Georgia Tech again), he hit a career-high 14 free throws.[6]

On March 28, 2010, in an Elite Eight NCAA game, as Duke beat Baylor and advanced to the Final Four, Singler (667 points), Jon Scheyer (690 points), and Nolan Smith (628 points) became the second trio in the history of the school to score at least 600 points each in the same season. Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer, and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. first accomplished that feat for Duke in 2001–02.[9] Singler scored 19 points in the national championship game to reach 707 for the season, joining Scheyer (728) as the two became the second duo in Duke history to each score over 700 points in one season,[10] following in the footsteps of Jason Williams (841) and Shane Battier (778), who did so for Duke's 2001 national championship team.[10]

Through the 2009–10 season, Singler was also 6th on Duke's all-time list in offensive rebounds (272), and 7th in defensive rebounds (490).[11] For the season he averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.[12] He was 3rd in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.399), 4th in scoring, 3-point field goals made (2.1 per game; his 8 against Georgia Tech were the most in the ACC in a single game for the season), and minutes (35.9 per game), and 7th in free throw percentage (.798).[13]

Singler was instrumental in Duke winning its fourth national championship; he was named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player after averaging 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in wins over West Virginia and Butler. Scheyer called him "the toughest player I've ever played with."[14]

2010–11 season

Following the national championship, Singler considered entering the 2010 NBA draft,[15] but ultimately decided to return for his senior season at Duke.[16] Singler was named the pre-season Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, pre-season first team All-ACC, and was named a pre-season first team All-American. On November 27, 2010 Singler tied his career high 30 points against his brother E. J. Singler and the Oregon Ducks. Singler was also voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference first team. For the 2010–2011 season, Singler averaged 16.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 34.8 minutes per game for the Blue Devils.[17] The Blue Devils were eliminated in the Sweet 16 in the tournament against the Arizona Wildcats by the score of 93-77. Singler had 18 points in the defeat.[18]

College statistics

2007–08 Duke 34 34 28.6 .457 .340 .774 5.8 1.4 1.1 .7 13.3
2008–09 Duke 37 36 32.2 .441 .383 .713 7.7 2.4 1.5 1.0 16.5
2009–10 Duke 40 40 35.9 .415 .399 .798 7.0 2.4 1.0 .8 17.7
2010–11 Duke 37 37 34.8 .430 .321 .806 6.8 1.6 .9 .3 16.9
Career 148 147 33.0 .433 .363 .773 6.9 2.0 1.1 .7 16.2

College awards and honors

Professional career

Spain (2011–2012)

Singler was selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.[19] On August 23, 2011, he signed with CB Lucentum Alicante of the Liga ACB. The contract had an NBA out-clause for when the NBA lockout ended.[20] In his Liga ACB debut, he won the MVP of the first match day with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Following the conclusion of the lockout, Singler exercised his option to leave the club. He chose to join Real Madrid on November 30, 2011 after the two clubs agreed on a transfer fee.[21] In 10 appearances with Alicante, Singler helped them win 7 games while averaging 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He went on to help Real Madrid defeat Barcelona to win the 2012 Spanish King's Cup.[22]

Detroit Pistons (2012–2015)

On July 11, 2012, Singler signed with the Detroit Pistons.[23] He went on to earn All-Rookie second team honors in 2012–13 after averaging 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 82 games.

On November 22, 2013, Singler scored a career-high 22 points in a 89-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.[24]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2015–present)

On February 19, 2015, Singler was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team deal that also involved the Utah Jazz.[25]

On July 9, 2015, Singler re-signed with the Thunder.[26] For much of the Thunder's first two months of the 2015–16 season, Singler was a seldom-used, third-string forward off the bench. Between November 24 and New Year's Eve, Singler sat out eight games and twice played less than 60 seconds. Over the team's first 32 games of the season, Singler had made just six of his 31 three-point shots.[27] He began to receive more game time in mid-January, and on January 20 against the Charlotte Hornets, Singler scored a season-high 11 points and hit 3-of-3 from three-point range.[28]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2012–13 Detroit 82 74 28.0 .428 .350 .806 4.0 .9 .7 .5 8.8
2013–14 Detroit 82 36 28.5 .447 .382 .826 3.7 .9 .7 .5 9.6
2014–15 Detroit 54 40 23.8 .400 .406 .806 2.6 1.2 .6 .3 7.1
2014–15 Oklahoma City 26 18 17.5 .333 .370 .688 2.1 .7 .5 .3 3.7
2015–16 Oklahoma City 68 2 14.4 .389 .309 .659 2.1 .4 .4 .1 3.4
Career 312 170 23.6 .420 .370 .795 3.1 .8 .6 .3 7.1

See also


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  2. Henry, Kris (October 28, 2006). "Future looks bright for Singler, Blue Devils". Mail Tribune. Retrieved February 21, 2007.
  3. Smith, Jeff; Freeman, Joe (March 11, 2007). "It's Panthers' turn". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 11, 2007.
  5. Eggers, Kerry (April 4, 2008). "Premature End Leaves Devil Blue". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 9, 2008.
  6. 1 2 3 "The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  7. ESPN – Kyle Singler Stats, News, Photos – Duke Blue Devils
  8. "Kyle Singler". College Basketball at Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  9. "Notes: Duke 78, Baylor 71 – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  10. 1 2 "Notes: Duke 61, Butler 59 – Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". December 5, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  11. "The Official On-Line Home Of Duke Statistics". May 4, 1988. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  12. "NCAA tournament: Duke Blue Devils' Lance Thomas and Kyle Singler pursue artistic side in the classroom – ESPN". January 1, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  13. "Atlantic Coast Conference Official Athletic Site – Men's Basketball". Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  14. "DuPree Singler earned his MVP". The Herald-Sun. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  15. Tysiacktysiac, Ken. "Devils should have talentto make another NCAA run". Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  16. "Singler to return to national champs". April 19, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  17. Kyle Singler.
  18. Derrick Williams, Arizona crush Duke's hopes to repeat as champions
  19. NBA Draft 2011: Detroit Pistons draft Kyle Singler
  20. Lucentum Alicante announces rookie Kyle Singler
  21. Lucentum Alicante traspasa los derechos de Kyle Singler al Real Madrid (Spanish)
  22. Singler and Pocius help Real Madrid to Copa del Rey title
  23. Detroit Pistons Sign Forward Kyle Singler
  24. Notebook: Hawks 96, Pistons 89
  25. "Thunder Acquires Kanter, Novak, Augustin, Singler and Draft Pick". February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  26. "Thunder Signs Singler to Multi-Year Contract". July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  27. Tramel, Berry (January 20, 2016). "OKC Thunder: Kyle Singler returns from purgatory in win over Hornets". Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  28. "Durant's 26 points lead Thunder past Hornets". January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
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