Kyle Singler (Duke)
6'8, SF/PF, 230 lbs.
I thought I would post this to give you a case of "Duke-itis." In all seriousness, Kyle Singler has been a very productive Dukie throughout his career. Kyle excelled at Duke as a role player by playing average defense, knocking down open shots, occasionally taking a player off the dribble, getting some key rebounds, and great hustle.
Offensively, he gets most of his points off of kick-outs or by going around picks and finding the open jumper. If someone runs out hard on Singler, he can put the ball on the floor and to set up an open mid-range jumper. Singler is good at offensive rebounding when needed and passes well when provided the opportunity.
However, Kyle will struggle at the next level offensively when not getting open shots due to the athletic difference between the NCAA and pros. I think small-forwards will limit his open shot opportunities, and he lacks the quick first step to beat most NBA power forwards off the dribble, let alone small forwards. He will struggle to finish in the paint due to lack of vertical, strength, and size.
Defensively while solid in college, Kyle will probably struggle in the pros. Kyle lacks the quickness to stay with most small-forwards and the strength or height to match up against most power forwards.
Overall, Kyle is being projected as a late first round pick. While Kyle possesses many great traits; hustle, basketball IQ, and a high skill-level, the athletic barrier to play on the next level may be too great for him to overcome. While his shot is solid, he'll have a harder time finding room to get it off at the next level.
The best opportunity for Kyle might be to find a system where he can play as a stretch four. If he can find a niche there, I think he could be a journeyman for a while. At best, I see him as a Matt Harpring type-player, but more than likely think his game will translate beautifully overseas.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
While his hustle, high basketball I.Q., and championship pedigree fits the GarPaxDorf model, I really see him struggling to make a real contribution for us in the near future. The Bulls do need backup minutes to Luol, but I don't see him fitting it well.
I like Kyle as a player and think he could find a small role in the NBA, but I would rather take a chance on someone with a higher ceiling or at least a dominant skill that allows him to fit into a niche role player.