Meet Chris Singleton of Florida State... He's happy to meet you too.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

To countdown the days (7 left) until D-Day, your faithful servants here at Bright Side of the Sun will try their best to bring you a wee bit of knowledge about some of the likely candidates to be chosen by the Phoenix Suns.  Comment, REC,  Kill it and continue to be awesome.  

Chris Singleton or "The Modern-Day Scottie Pippen" as he refers himself to be is a name that Suns fans could possibly hear when David Stern stands at the podium to announce the thirteenth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  Let's get to know the kid.

Chris Singleton - Florida State, Junior- 21 years old

  • Position - SF/PF (NBA Projected SF)
  • Height - 6'9"
  • Weight - 230 lbs
  • Wingspan - 7'1" 

David Aldridge of NBA.com has the Phoenix Suns taking Chris Singleton at #13 in his mock draft, and here's why -

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Indeed "defense" seemed to be the buzzword when the season ended what seems like ages ago...  and if Babby, Blanks and co. are indeed committed to scratching out a new defensive culture here in PHX the obvious thing to do would be to draft a defensively skilled player.

Chris Singleton is that player.

But let's first take a look at what he offers on offense.

Offense

Here are Chris' stats from his 3 college years at FSU - (Click to enlarge)

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With a quick glance at the stats - nothing jumps out a whole lot (except maybe his terrible free-throw shooting...bleh).  In fact, DraftExpress.com, in evaluating his strengths and weaknesses show that virtually all of his weaknesses were offensive ones.  Despite fairly sound shooting mechanics, he isn't a great shooter, he settles for far too many jump-shots when that isn't his forte and he has a hard time creating his own shot off the dribble and finishing in transition because of his lack of ball handling skill.

The one offensive positive noted is his low-post scoring  - he has good patience and an ugly but effective skyhook/RoLo-sideways-flip-shot. 

This is what the final offensive evaluation was from D.E. - 

...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.

Lucky for us/him that sounds like PHX is a perfect match to cover-up his flaws and help him thrive and work to his strengths.

Defensively is where Singleton shines.

Defense

The Florida State Seminoles ranked #1 in the NCAA last year in defense - and a big contributor to that title was Chris Singleton.  Defense is where Chris will help the Suns or any team immediately in his rookie year.

Here's the defensive 411 - again from D.E.-

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.


The dude can defend - and to be honest with you, watching him kind of gives me a little Earl Clark deja-vu, both uber-athletic defenders, can be explosive (but sometimes out-of-control) to the rim but settle for an ugly jump-shot that is not their strength far too often.


Some brownie points that Singleton does earn in his favor come from his attitude - in all his interviews he mentions how he's ready to play and to help the team win.  Meaning that he is willing to do and fill whatever role the team needs him to fill. 

Before I get to the videos I found - here's my final thought on Chris Singleton:

If we pick him at 13 it will most definitely mean that either Childress, Hill, Pietrus, or Dudley will be getting the boot before the start of the season.  And to be quite honest I would be very surprised if the Suns do draft Singleton solely based on what Alvin Gentry said last week when asked about drafting another Wing player -

"We would try and avoid that," Gentry said after the Suns finished a workout with a group of prospects. "It would have to be a really, really good wing because I like the guys that we have and the guys thats coming back, so that would be something -- it would have to be somebody pretty special."

General Manager Lance Blanks had a slightly different take on it saying, "On the perimeter, we have a surplus of threes (small forwards) but the off-guard position is something that we'd like to inject."

Could we play Singleton at the off-guard?  I don't think so.  His shooting skill is mediocre and he is not the best at creating his own shot, something the off-guard should be able to do in order to take pressure off of Nash or the back up PG.

Final Verdict a la Euty - Pass.




He does appear to speak a little better English than Earl Clark...


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ACT II

The sound of bouncing basketballs echoes off the walls of the Suns Annexus practice court.  Dan Majerle and other coaches hold a pre-draft workout. Up against a wall in a corner sit Lon Babby, Alvin Gentry and Lance Blanks.

 

Babby: "So whaddya think Alvin, eh?  Do you like these guys?"

Gentry: (lifting a page on a clipboard and cocking an eyebrow): "Uh, yeah I guess... I just have one question, where in the hell did you find these kids?  I don't have a single one of them in my notes.. and where is John Treloar - ?"

Babby: "Eh uh Alvin, listen to me good, these kids are the prime rib of all ribbery the savory seasoned salami that makes world go round - TRUST ME they're pros."

Gentry: "Riiight.. but I mean, did they go to college? Did you bring em' from overseas?"

Babby: "Alvin Alvin Alvin slow your role my man - me and Blanksy here we've got your back ain't that right Lance?"

Blanks: (Nods his head)

Babby: "For example take the one in the blue shorts there - "

Gentry: "The one with the shaved head and the tear-drop tattoos under his eyes?"

Babby: "Eh yeah yeah his name is Carlos..."

Enter Robert Sarver

Sarver: (Smiling wildly and pulling up a chair to join the group): "Like Carlos BOOZER Alvin... BOOZER!!! ...But minus the Booz- anyways, what do you think?!  He could be our new go-to PF!!?

Gentry: "Um he's definitely got some size... and he looks a little older...  but does he have any playing experience, like at the college level or maybe over in Eu--"

Blanks: "See Lon - I told you Alvin wasn't going to fall for this -

Sarver: "Zip the zipper Lance, your voice is like a small homeless child on the freeway asking for my spare change - that's why I leave my windows rolled up and avoid eye contact!  Take a hint."

(Blanks slowly sinks back in his seat and stares blankly across the gym)

Babby: "Look Alvin - Carlos is the real deal, I know some guys who knew some guys who might have some friends who knew Carlos when he was doing time... I mean working out at the State Prison gym... He killed this one scrub with a whittled-down cafeteria spoo- 

Sarver: "What Lon meant to say Alvin is that Carlos killed 'IT' - not a real person - with his um, dribble-drive like he was taking opponents to school for cafeteria food..."

(Awkward silence and long Pause - Gentry staring at Sarver as Sarver's eyes shift from side to side)

Gentry: "Where's John Treloar again?"

Sarver: "Oh is he the guy that brought the cool macaroni-art projects last time?  I hired him for my Bank to head my Arts-&-Crafts-Company-Morale-Boosting Department... he's on assignment today"

Gentry: "WHAT?! Bob you hired him first to be our head draft talent evaluator and THE DRAFT IS NEXT WEEK!"

Sarver: "It was Lance's fault..."

(Gentry looks over to Lance Blanks who is sitting fast asleep with his mouth wide open.  Gentry buries his face in his hands)

Babby: "Alvin... Aaaaaaaaalvin why so glum my man?  It's not like we're clueless, we've been working hard this offseason - did you hear we got Mickael Pietrus to come back and play with us next year!?  He's like the freezer to our otter-pop..."

Gentry: "Lon - he had a player option"

Sarver: "And just like he's got player options we've got Suns options Alvin!  Think about it - we could draft Carlos here, or we could draft one of those other guys the interwebs say we should draft... OR we could draft my good friend Benjamin... as in 3 MILLION DOLLARS CASH for our pick baby!"

Gentry: "Guys, guys - we've got a serious problem here, we have a lot of holes to fill and we have no time to waste - THE DRAFT IS IN LIKE A WEEK!"

(Babby glances over to Robert Sarver with a concerned glare - Sarver in turn looks at Lon - then at the ground - and nods his dead)

Babby: "Well Alvin we've got a secret to break to you.."

(Gentry puzzled)

Sarver: "Since Kerr and all his loud-mouth know-it-all buddies left we've decided to take a new direction with how our front office handles things.."

Babby: "One word: UNDERGROUND Alvin.  Underground.  As in hush hush - it's something I'm bringing back from my days running with Gotti and Lil'Rico, you talk - you lose more than a finger -

Sarver (Interrupting): "Eh anyways we didn't know if we could trust you because you have one of those tweeter things on your phone, we didn't know if you'd be a liability -"

Babby: "Yeah you know - leaking our plans all over the internet to the enemy and whatnot"

Sarver: "So we went to the one person who we all know can hide any and everything from the media and even the general public.  Robin Lopez."

Gentry: "PSYCHLO!?

Babby: "The kid is brilliant AG - absolutely brilliant, he's like Einstein's twin if you mixed him with a Lassie/Old Yeller cross-breed.  He knows his stuff and he's been holding top-secret workouts with many of the top projected lottery picks"

Gentry (Absolutely Bewildered): "You mean like actual college players and such?"

Sarver: "We're talking Tristan Thompson, Alec Burks, Jimmer Fredette - Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton...:

Babby: "Guys that might actually help this team going forward!  You see Alvin!  Turn that frown upside-down!  We've got the Sun, the Moon...

Gentry: "AND ROBIN LOPEZ RUNNING MY IMPORTANT PRE-DRAFT WORKOUTS!?!!?  WTF!?  Does he at least have some notes or a report I can take a look at?

Sarver: "OH DOES HE?!  (Begins to smile giddily again)  Show him the goods Lon!"

(Babby reaches into a hidden pocket in his vest - retrieves a small key and unlocks a briefcase at his side.  He opens the case and passes to Gentry a book that resembles a sketch pad)

Gentry: "What in the world is this?"

Babby: "Behold!  The holy grail of pre-draft evaluations!"

(Gentry thumbs through the book and sees sketch after sketch of draft-prospects suited in DC Comic superhero garb.  Below each picture is a small paragraph written in a language that appears to be Wookie.)

Gentry: "We're screwed. Bob, Lon, I want John Treloar back here.  NOW."

 

 

Lights dim - the echoes of bouncing basketballs fade..  end of Act II

 

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