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2014-15 Pistons player reviews: Kyle Singler

Like each of his three seasons with the Pistons, Singler provided steady, versatile, and under-appreciated contributions.

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Kyle Singler's got his ticket for the long way round. Two bottles of Canadian Club for the way. And he sure would like some sweet company and he's leaving at the deadline, what do you say D.J.?

When he's gone.
When he's gone.
You're gonna miss Kyle Singler when he's gone.
You're gonna miss him by his hair, you're gonna miss his buckets everywhere.
Oh, you're sure gonna miss him when he's gone.

Typically when you have a second round pick give you nearly 6,000 minutes in his first three seasons, along with starting at two different positions and chipping in at a third, you're pretty satisfied. If that player is also giving you quality shooting and solid defense, even better.

For some reason, that was never really the case for Singler in Detroit.

Maybe it was because he was thrust into the starting lineup so early and often, that he became the focal point representing a lack of talent on the wings. Or perhaps it was because of a style of play that was anything but graceful. Or at times it even seemed to be his appearance.

But when he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with D.J. Augustin in the Reggie Jackson trade, his importance to the team was quickly clear. After a win in the first game out of the trade deadline, the team plunged into a 10 game losing streak that wiped out their playoff hopes - a losing streak driven with 27 percent three point shooting.

Singler's production for the Pistons this season was about what you could set your watch to throughout his tenure. He shot the ball well from three. He was juggled around between the starting lineup and bench, and between shooting guard and small forward, and he never missed a beat. Singler also finished his Pistons career with perfect attendance, never missing a single one of his 218 games.

Singler took a small step back from last season in terms of efficiency, as he took more of his attempts from behind the arc which resulted in fewer trips to the free throw line this year. But he also cracked 40 percent from three for his first time with the team.

It will be a key off season for Singler as he enters free agency for the first time in his career at his prime years having just turned 27 years old last week. He'll be a restricted free agent for the Thunder, but with the team already sporting a heavy payroll and needing to re-sign Enes Kanter, they're likely to let him walk.

With a big gap at small forward and a limited free agent market for the position, it seems possible that a fit exists for a reunion. But for Pistons fans, was 26 games enough distance to make the heart grow fonder?