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Raptors E.J. Singler Stands Out At NBA Summer League

The Toronto Raptors NBA Summer League opener against the Kings was a 88-47 blowout by a tough Raptors squad featuring an entire starting lineup of players already under contract, but that’s not the point of these games. Coaches and managers want to see what skills players can bring to the court against opposition in a real game setting and Raptors 905 forward E.J. Singler has shown he has NBA three-point range and accuracy.

“I am kind of labeled as a three-point shooter,” Singler said. “I think (teams) know I can shoot, but they kind of want to see what else I can do.”

In 17.6 minutes against the Kings, Singler shot 4-6 from three-point range and scored 12 points confirming his NBA D-League numbers were no fluke. He had shot 47.5 percent from three-point range in his first NBA D-League season with the Stampede. Last year he again shot 47.5 percent from three-point range with the Raptors 905.

However, Singler showed more than just shooting with the 905 last season. He quickly became a team leader on the court and a boxscore stats stuffer. The 6’6 forward averaged 14.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists with the Raptors D-League affiliate.

“I am trying to expand my game,” Singler explained. “Use my ball handling a little bit better coming off screens and just trying to be more aggressive.

“I play that three-four position and just try to make plays at both ends of the court.”

Singler is an interesting prospect for Toronto. The Raptors are arguably thin at the small forward spot and could use an injection of three-point shooting. At 26-years-old, Singler wouldn’t be your typical NBA rookie either. If he can show the continuing development of his game beyond just being a three-point threat, just maybe he could stick with the Raptors or another NBA team in need of more shooting for the upcoming season.





Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.