Lawrence Frank: Kyle Singler snubbed for Rising Stars Challenge

David Mayo of MLive:

"Maybe he’s one of those guys that unless you coach him, there’s not the appreciation," Frank said. "But his numbers, you look at his numbers, he’s in the top nine of that rookie group. So I thought he was snubbed but what are you going to do?"

"When Andre (was hurt), I thought for sure he would get it," Frank said. "Maybe they look at it size-wise, and not to take anything away from Andrew Nicholson, but look, Kyle started for the whole season and he’s done a lot of things."

Kyle Singler ranks fifth among rookies in win shares, a number that matches the eye test, so Lawrence Frank at least has a point. Here’s how the selected players rank:

1. Andre Drummond

2. Damian Lillard

3. Anthony Davis

6. Harrison Barnes

7. Bradley Beal

8. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

13. Andrew Nicholson (injury replacement)

15. Tyler Zeller

18. Alexey Shved

34. Dion Waiters

I’m assuming positions played a factor, and that would explain Nicholson’s inclusion.

But these games are as much about flash as anything else. Did Singler deserve, on merit, to make it ahead of Dion Waiters? Absolutely. Does Waiters have a higher profile? Probably. Is Waiters more likely to become a star (the implied idea of the game)? I think so.

If Waiters make an All-Rookie team ahead of Singler, I’ll have a much more passionate response.

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