Situational Statistics: the 2011 Forward Crop June 19, 2011 Chris Singleton is known as one of the best defenders in this draft class, but his offensive efficiency of .86 PPP leaves a lot to be desired, as it ranks 2nd worst in this group after Chris Wright.
Singleton's mediocre ball-handling skills seem to be the main culprit here. He turns the ball over at a fairly high rate, (14.2% of possessions), which ranks him 6th in this group.
He gets out in transition more than any prospect at 3 possessions per game, but ranks dead last in scoring efficiency in this category, at a dreadful .905 PPP.
Singelton would be well served cutting out the 1.5 pull-up jumpers he shoots every game at the next level, as he only makes 29% of these attempts.
In catch and shoot situations he's far more effective, making 43% of his attempts at 1.28 points per shot, the 4th best in this group. [Read Full Article] Chris Singleton Video Breakdown June 1, 2011 Sebastian Pruiti takes a look at the strengths and weaknesses of Chris Singleton, with the help of Florida State game-film from this past season.
NBA Combine Interviews: Chris Singleton, Jimmy Butler, Lighty, Hopson May 23, 2011
[Read Full Article] NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Chris Singleton December 27, 2010 Jonathan Givony
By passing up the opportunity to be picked in the first round of last year's draft, an onerous burden was placed on Chris Singleton to become the go-to guy for Florida State and satisfy inevitably high expectations from NBA scouts, the national media, his coaching staff and Seminole fans.
This was the season Singleton needed to transform himself from prospect to productive player.
Despite seeing slightly less playing time this season (likely due to foul problems), Singleton's scoring rate is up substantially, as are his rebounding numbers, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free throw percentage and usage.
The ‘Noles boast an 11-3 record, with one quality win on their resume already—a victory over Baylor in Hawaii -- and a handful of “acceptable” losses to Ohio State, Butler and Florida.
Numbers aside, Singleton's biggest asset as a NBA prospect remains his prototypical physical attributes. Standing somewhere between 6-8 and 6-9, with long arms, a well-built frame, and outstanding athleticism, he looks the part of a modern-day NBA forward — a la Josh Smith, Rudy Gay and Gerald Wallace.
His skill-level, however, has taken slightly longer to come along, as you can probably guess by the 49.6% he shot from the free throw line last season.
Singleton is still not what you would call a great offensive player, but he has made incremental improvements that have helped him become a more efficient scorer. That's not an easy thing to do playing in an offense that ranked last in the ACC last season (130th in the NCAA) in offensive efficiency, and would be well on its way to repeating that feat if the conference wasn't so down this year.
Singleton's jump shot is a good place to start since it will be crucial to the success he enjoys as an NBA player. He's taking slightly less of them this year but is making the ones he does attempt at a better rate. He has nice shooting mechanics (albeit with an average touch), so it was only a matter of time until this started happening, especially once his shot selection improved. Through 14 games, Singleton has converted 24 of his 62 jump shots (39%), up from 36-of-134 (22%) last year – a major improvement.
Digging deeper, we find that he's simply been a lot more effective spotting up with his feet set this season, converting nearly half of his attempts of this nature (as opposed to 29% last season). Considering his likely role in the NBA, that's a very encouraging development. Can he continue to shoot like that for the rest of the season and in private workouts for NBA teams?
Another positive development revolves around Singleton's post-up game. We've seen a lot more of him on the block this season, and he's enjoying greater success there. With the huge size advantage he enjoys on a nightly basis at the small forward position, and even at the power forward position at times, where he's playing a lot more this year, there's no reason he shouldn't be doing this even more.
On a similar note, Singleton's offensive rebounding production has also improved. Given his tremendous physical tools, scouts have always wanted to see Singleton show better effort and toughness and be more willing to go inside the paint to make his presence felt, and they are finally getting their wish.
As a slasher, Singleton remains below average. He does not have the ball-handling skills needed to create his own shot on a consistent basis. He struggles to change speeds and directions with the ball, which hampers him from taking full advantage of his excellent physical tools. He isn't able to get to the rim and utilize his explosiveness as much as you might hope, often settling for off-the-dribble jumpers instead, which are definitely not his strength.
This is a big reason why he projects as more of an off-the-ball role player than someone expected to carry a heavy offensive load in the NBA. Clearly he would be best suited playing on an up-tempo team that likes to get out in transition, alongside a point guard who can get him the ball in a position to score. In his current situation at Florida State, with its slow and disjointed offense, it's tough to imagine that at times.
Rather than trying to outscore opponents, it's on the defensive end where the Seminoles really make their mark. They ranked #1 in the NCAA last year in that category, according to kenpom.com, and are currently in the top 5 this season once again. This is the place where Singleton will help an NBA team the most right off the bat. Any team looking to improve on defense will be wise to give him a serious look.
With his terrific size, length, lateral quickness and intensity, Singleton puts tremendous pressure on the ball and is an absolute menace in passing lanes. He gets his team tons of extra possessions every game with his ability to collect rebounds, blocks and steals, and is the type of player who would have no problem guarding multiple positions at the NBA level —be it face-up 4's, shot-creating wings, back-to-the-basket forwards, or even switching out onto quicker guards on the perimeter (if that's how his coach elects to defend the pick-and-roll). This type of versatility makes him extremely attractive in today's NBA.
Singleton has done a good job of polishing his all-around game and is making a compelling case for himself as a potential lottery pick. How he finishes the season from an individual and, more importantly, a team perspective will play a large part in how he's ultimately perceived as a draft prospect.
Although he clearly has his flaws, players of Singleton's nature who are capable of locking down multiple positions, rebounding out of their area and scoring in transition (off cuts to the basket and second chance opportunities on the offensive glass) are valuable assets. If Singleton can develop into a reliable spot-up shooter on top of that, he'll have a long and productive NBA career. [Read Full Article]
adidas Nations Player Profile: Chris Singleton September 1, 2010
Video, film, and production courtesy of Tad Hathaway of 312 Media
While Florida State combo-forward Chris Singleton will likely not receive any votes for ACC Player of the Year this season, there are few players in the country with his physical tools and NBA potential. Since arriving at Florida State, Singleton has been an equally frustrating and tantalizing player, capable of dominating one game and struggling badly the next. His boom or bust style complicates his NBA draft stock and is definitely worth watching as this season progresses. That said, there is no denying Singleton's potential.
At 6'8 with a NBA-ready frame, Singleton has outstanding size for an NBA small forward and, while he is a bit undersized for a power forward, he has great length to compensate. As we have mentioned before, his athleticism is outstanding, boasting NBA-caliber quickness, explosiveness, and fluidity. It is needless to say that Singleton looks the part, which makes his struggles at the collegiate level all the more frustrating.
Offensively, little has changed since last season. At his best in transition, Singleton still is a somewhat one-dimensional player in the half-court, relying far too much on a streaky perimeter jump shot rather than attacking the basket. In terms of his mechanics, there is little wrong with his shooting stroke. In addition to possessing NBA range and consistent fluidity, Singleton's size and length allows him to shoot with or without a hand in his face. The problem, however, lies in a combination of his shot selection and his lack of ball handling ability.
Singleton shoots just 32.9% from beyond the arc on 4.6 attempts per 40 minutes pace adjusted. Far too often, Singleton hoists contested shots while a teammate is open or when there is room to drive to the basket. While he is not nearly as bad of a shooter as his percentages indicate, he is not an efficient player in the least bit. There is simply no reason why an athlete of Singleton's caliber should be taking as many 3-pointers (42% of his overall field goal attempts) as he does.
Singleton in fact attempts as many three point field goals as he does foul shots. Watching him play, it's remarkable at times how little he attacks the basket. While his shaky handle, particularly with his left hand, certainly limits his effectiveness as a slasher, so too does his inability to finish. It is commonplace for Singleton to avoid contact and, in the process, lose position under the basket, putting himself in the position for a less than ideal shot attempt. Singleton is an unbelievable athlete and it is frustrating to watch him float around the perimeter when he could be attacking the basket.
Similar to Al-Farouq Aminu last season compared to this, it's possible that Singleton would be better suited playing the power forward position rather than on the wing full time.
Playing closer to the basket would allow him to get to the rim off a single dribble utilizing his terrific first step, and would also allow him to improve his paltry offensive rebounding numbers, especially relative to his physical tools. Singleton has similar tools to many NBA combo forwards who spend most of their time at the 4-spot in today's small-ball NBA, so it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to see him develop in that direction down the road.
Learning how to utilize his athleticism by attacking the basket is a skill that he must develop before he is considered to be a surefire NBA player. Right now he is an incredibly turnover prone player, coughing the ball up on an amazing 27% of his possessons.
Similarly, it would be nice to see Singleton develop a better mid-range game. Though he has shown the capacity to pull up from inside of the perimeter, his limited handle and instincts hinder him in this area significantly. He's also just a 48% free throw shooter, which is simply unacceptable and makes him a huge liability at the end of games.
Furthermore, consider his size and athletic advantage over many of his collegiate peers, not to mention his lower skill level on the perimeter, it would not hurt Singleton to work on his post game. Now, he looks out of place when he receives the ball in the post and, though he has quick feet, he has little resembling moves or countermoves.
Defensively, Singleton remains one of the most versatile players in all of college basketball. His athleticism, length and strength allow him to make a huge impact all over the floor, and you'll regularly see him switch between guards and big men over the course of a single game and at times a single possession.
He has improved his effort this pas season, particularly on the defensive glass, where he now averages a solid 6.7 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted, over two more than he did last season. Constant improvement is what scouts expect out of a player with Singleton's potential, and he must continue to show scouts that he is improving on this end of the floor.
Singleton's role on Florida State's team must also be taken into consideration, as they are arguably the best defensive team in college basketball, but are below average at best on the offensive end. FSU's guards are clearly lacking, so oftentimes an excessive amount of shot-creating responsibility falls on his shoulders. He oftentimes has to play well beyond his abilities and force the issue on both sides of the ball, as there is little ball movement to speak of, but plenty of length and athleticism.
Florida State's recent slump is not helping matters. Singleton will remain on NBA scouts' minds, but could very likely improve his stock with another year of college, as his potential indicates that he could receive consideration in the lottery coming off a great season next year. [Read Full Article]
Top NBA Draft Prospects in the ACC Part One (#1-5) October 18, 2009 Kyle Nelson
Chris Singleton was not the best or most publicized player on Florida State’s roster. He was not even the best or most publicized freshman. He did, however, start 34 of 35 games, and prove himself to be a valuable player on both sides of the ball while showing flashes of NBA potential. Now that seniors Toney Douglas and Uche Echefu have moved on, Singleton must distinguish himself on a roster that features projected lottery pick Solomon Alabi and one of the nation’s top freshmen, Michael Snaer.
From a physical standpoint, Singleton is an intriguing prospect with the potential to play on the wing or in the post. At 6-8, with great length and a solid frame, Singleton has excellent size for the NBA. He is also a very good athlete, with the quickness and explosiveness to make his mark anywhere on the floor. While he is a combo-forward at this point, he will have no trouble physically adapting to the perimeter at the next level and, in the meantime, he has the potential to be a match-up nightmare this season.
While Singleton is better than his numbers suggest, he is anything but efficient on the offensive end at this stage and has a long way to go before being able to contribute at the next level. Singleton is at his best when he is shooting the basketball from the perimeter. Despite his mediocre percentages, he is a solid, albeit streaky, spot-up shooter, particularly comfortable in catch-and-shoot situations. He has a quick release and solid shooting mechanics, though he fades away after shooting the basketball. He shows good poise under pressure, but his range is questionable and his form gets worse as he gets farther away from the collegiate three-point line. According to Synergy Sports Technology, 58% of his offensive possessions in half-court situations were comprised of jump shots, and 84% of his jump shots were three point attempts. He must become a better perimeter shooter next season, which means that his form, range, and shot selection must continue to improve.
Outside of his perimeter jump shot, Singleton is very limited on offense, most notably because of his extremely poor ball handling ability. He has a quick first step, which combined with his athleticism and size makes him a very difficult match-up for collegiate post-defenders, but his inability to dribble the ball severely limits his effectiveness in this area. Similarly, he can only drive to the basket when he has a clear, straight path to the hoop. Next season, he should look to his slashing game more as scouts will look to see if he can better incorporate his physical advantages into his offense.
Also intriguing are the flashes of a mid-range game that he showed at times last season, including a pull-up jump shot that would be a very good addition to his offensive repertoire. Needless to say, however, his extremely shaky handle hurt him in this area, as does what looks to be an average basketball IQ, both of which are largely responsible for the 2.9 turnovers that he averages per 40 minutes pace adjusted. Singleton must continue to improve, though he is just a freshman and he has plenty of time left to prove that he can score efficiently and in a variety of different ways at this level.
On the defensive end, Singleton has tremendous potential, but still has some work to do. Considering his impressive defensive numbers, 2.3 steals per 40 minutes pace adjusted and 2.0 blocks per 40 minutes pace adjusted, it is remarkable how raw he is on this end of the floor. While his size, length, athleticism, and better than average lateral quickness allow him to guard players on the perimeter and in the post effectively, his lack of fundamentals and unrefined defensive awareness hurt him significantly. Most notably, Singleton bites for a tremendous amount of pump fakes, inside and outside, which compromises his defensive position as well as puts him in jeopardy of getting called for cheap fouls.
Similarly, it is important that he maintains his awareness on the floor and improves his understanding of Florida State’s defensive rotations. Far too many times last season, he was out of position and left his man with space on the perimeter. He also is not nearly as good of a rebounder as one would expect a player with his physical gifts to be and developing his fundamentals, including blocking out his man when a shot goes up, is essential. Singleton does bring some very nice skills to the table, however, primarily his quick hands, quick feet, and good timing. He has the potential to develop into an even better shot blocker at this level, as he is a threat on the ball, from the weak side, and even while trailing his man. Next season, he must show scouts that he has improved on the defensive end because he has a tremendous amount of potential in this area.
Singleton was just a freshman last year, but he showed enough flashes to suggest that he is a legitimate NBA prospect. It will take time for him to develop his skills, primarily his ball handling abilities, but if he continues to improve, his name will begin to emerge in draft conversations. The key is consistency and efficiency on both ends of the court, and last year, he showed very little of either. This season, Singleton has the opportunity to legitimize himself as a leader and assume more responsibilities on both ends of the court. Scouts will be watching Singleton next season to see if he can improve upon his inconsistent freshman campaign and realize his potential with more touches and against stiffer competition. [Read Full Article] adidas Nations Basketball Experience: 2008 High School Prospects August 14, 2007 One of the most athletic players seen at the entire camp, the word upside certainly comes to mind when watching Chris Singleton play. Right now he's more of a 4 than a 3, as he lacks quite a bit of polish, but he did drop a few glimpses that might lead you to believe that he does have some future on the perimeter. College coaches might not mind him as he is right now, though. A superb athlete with a great wingspan and an excellent body, Singleton dished out quite a bit of contact to the much less physically mature players he matched up with all week. He's a tough guy with good timing, something that allowed him to come up with a couple of emphatic blocks rotating from the weak-side. He might not be the smartest or most skilled player around—which caused him to commit some unnecessary fouls at time far from the basket. As far as his perimeter skills go, Singleton got to the basket on a few lone occasions on straight line drives and also showed a nice looking mid-range jumper. Nothing too polished, nothing too inconsistent, but enough to keep us intrigued as to how he'll continue to develop down the road. [Read Full Article]