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Could Duke's Kyle Singler be a perfect fit for the Thunder?

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 22, 2011

Singler averaged 16.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior at Duke. But his value extends beyond the box score. One league source described Singler's game as potentially being similar to Thunder forward Nick Collison's.

At the Chicago Pre-Draft camp, Singler's unbridled motor once forced him to step in and take a charge on a player during what was supposed to be a non-contact drill. Some might have snickered. Others might have seen evidence that Singler knows only one speed.

According to Singler's agent, Greg Lawrence, Singler conducted 14 workouts for teams leading up to the draft. While many players annually refuse workouts, Singler went head-to-head with UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt — a player projected to be selected in the same range as Singler — in several sessions, including one in Oklahoma City.

Though Singler's measurements might not have stood out in drills, his impact in the competitive portions always seemed to impress. His teams, be it games of 2-on-2 or 3-on-3, generally found ways to win.

“Whichever team ends up drafting him is going to be really pleased with the type of player and person they're getting,” said Lawrence.

Singler's pedigree is also significant.

For a franchise that has prided itself on picking players from prime college programs like UCLA, Kansas, Texas and Ohio State, the importance of Singler's body of work at Duke cannot be understated.

During Singler's four-year career at Duke, the Blue Devils compiled a 125-23 record. They won at least 28 games all four years and never lost more than seven games in any one season. And even though Singler was ‘The Man' in college, he has established a reputation as a great teammate who is ego-free and won't step into the NBA and feel entitled.

It all seems so solid, so Thunder.

And at this point, the Thunder needs solid much more than another young star.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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