If Chris Singleton wants to return next season as the starting small forward for the Wizards, he will need to put in a lot of work this summer.
Coach Randy Wittman and his staff have to get Singleton to be more assertive and confident in his offensive game moving forward.
Singleton clearly needs to improve on attacking the basket. Last season, Singleton far too often settled for jump shots and three-pointers when he ismorethan capable of getting to the basket with his 6'-9" 230-pound frame. Singleton showed he can knock down the three-pointer but he was way too predictable offensively, taking deep shots rather than mix in other moves. Singleton only averaged four points and three rebounds in his rookie season.
Singletonshowed flashes during this past season, scoring 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds, plucking three steals and tallying two blocks in a loss against New York in early January. His best game was a 16-point, nine-rebound and two-block effort against Milwaukee in late February.
Singletonalso 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. IfSingletoncan add an inside game, he will be a much bigger threat than just a jump-shooter.
Singleton could also really work on his ball fake with a drive to the basket. Since he likes to shoot it, Singleton can bait defenders into thinking he is going to shoot and drive right by them.
Even then he has to work on his shot.Singletonshot a respectable 35 percent from beyond the arc but only 37 percent overall from the field.
Summing up, Singleton just needs to hone his offensive game to steer away from being just a one-dimensionaljump shooter. He needs tocontinueto work on moves like a good shot fake and then drive to the basket. Singleton can explode to the basket if he gets a step on his defender. He will need to do that more next season if he wants to stick in the starting lineup.
Singleton will participate in the Las Vegas Summer League and it will be important for him to get some confidence back in his game, because at times he looked a shade sheepish on the court last season.
The team simply needs more production from the small forward spot next year andSingleton has the potential to do so. Singleton has a good attitude, so expect him to put in the work to get better this off-season.