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ORLANDO, Fla. - For as much as Kyle Singler eagerly anticipated making his NBA debut with the Detroit Pistons during the Orlando Summer League, it's doubtful he figured it would play out the way it has during the first two days of the five-day event.
For the second straight game, Singler paced Detroit in minutes played and used his all-around abilities to help the Pistons improve to 2-0 this summer with a 79-74 win over Orlando on Tuesday.
Austin Daye, the Pistons' first-round pick in 2009, provided a key boost with 24 points at power forward, while Singler added 12 points, five rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes at small forward against the host Magic.
In two games, Singler has now played almost 69 of the available 80 minutes, including the entire second half against Orlando.
"It's hard to take the guy out," Pistons summer league coach John Loyer said to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. "The guy does a lot of good things. I rested him a pretty good stretch yesterday and he still was our leading guy at 32 minutes. Today I thought I left him out a pretty good stretch and I looked up in the first half, I guess he played all but a few minutes. He's just a good basketball player. He can do multiple things."
Fresh off a season in Spain with Alicante and Real Madrid, Singler told The Mail Tribune he was ready to go in the days leading up to the summer league and his play certainly has supported that notion. He was 5-for-11 from the field during Tuesday's win, which saw the Pistons use a fourth-quarter flurry to push past the Magic, and has converted 58 percent of his shots (11-for-19).
Another key asset has been Singler's ability to play both ends of the floor despite being matched up with mostly NBA veterans thus far. He's also shown a knack for being patient and picking his spots with his new teammates.