David Thorpe of ESPN.com released (Note: Insider required) his first ‘Rookie Watch’ after the season’s first week, and two Pistons were mentioned. Kyle Singler came in at eighth place in the rankings:
Detroit might be the league’s worst team right now, but the Pistons have to be happy with the play of Singler. His play thus far screams “steady” and, since he has significant upside as a shooter, he looks to have a real chance at being a solid rotation player. He leads all rookies in true shooting percentage (.686) thanks to excellent shot selection. Singler is going to be part of the solution in Detroit, not part of the problem.
Andre Drummond was listed among Thorpe’s ‘five guys who look ready to start playing better soon’ section:
He’s doing a nice job of rolling to the rim after ball screens and just hanging around the paint, giving him a chance to make a play at the rim thanks to his size and wingspan. Given Detroit’s rough start, we might see significant playing time for Drummond relatively soon to help jump-start his learning curve.