Do you know who had the second most starts for a first -round pick in the NBA this past season? Wizards forward Chris Singleton -- that's who -- with 51 games in the starting lineup. That equaled the number of starts for Cleveland's number one overall pick Kyrie Irving. Now Irving plays a different position and had a much more productive season, but for Singleton to be selected 18th and to start that many games is impressive.
Singleton was thrown right into the mix of the Wizards' rotation and he had an up-and- down season, averaging only 4 points and 3 rebounds a game. Known for his defense coming out early after his junior season from Florida State, the 6'-8" Singleton started the season on the bench but quickly worked his way into the starting lineup.
Singleton showed flashes during the season, scoring 12 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, plucking 3 steals and tallying 2 blocks in a loss against New York in early January. Singleton's best game was a 16-point, 9-rebound and 2-block effort against Milwaukee in late February.
Singleton has quick hands and was able to jump start the Wizards' fast break with blocks or steals and is more than able to finish on the other end. He is a good fit with speedy guard John Wall who, as we all know, loves to run the break.
Too often, though, Singleton wouldn't even dent the score book, as he had 14 games where he didn't score despite starting. Singleton went four straight games in late January and early February where he went scoreless.
If Singleton wants to stay a starter next season, he has to be more effective on the offensive end. The team simply needs more production from that position and Singleton is capable of being better.
Singleton needs to work on attacking the basket off the wing because he settled far too often for three-point shots and deep two-pointers, while shying away from getting to the basket. Singleton shot a respectable 35 percent from beyond the arc but only 37 percent overall from the field.
Singleton must get stronger in his upper body, as it seemed that when he did try to attack the basket he was an easy stop for defenders because he couldn't muscle his way inside. If Singleton can add an inside game, he will be a much bigger threat than just a jump-shooter.
And if he can improve like teammate Trevor Booker did in his second season for the Wizards, then getting Singleton at 18 will really look like a steal.