“Coming into the season I worked on my post game — but not as much as much as I worked on my three[-point shooting] game, obviously,” Singleton said. “But that’s cool, just takes me back to Florida State. I’ve got the tools. I just have to go back out there and do it. We’re a little banged up, but I just have to do what I can. I’m getting minutes, that’s what I’m hoping for.”
Singleton lost weight over the summer so that he would be “more lean now, more fit,” but he added, “I’m still strong like I was last year.”
Wittman had already considered using Singleton at power forward in possible small-ball lineups. Preferring playing time to a position, Singleton has an advantage in some areas by making the change to backup power forward, given his speed, quickness and ability to put the ball on the floor. Singleton’s three-point shooting could also help provide better spacing on the offensive end.
“Once I get full range of motion in my arms, just to stretch the floor, stretch four,” Singleton said, when asked about his role this season. “I’m still working on my three game, so whenever they need me there I’m just going to step up and do that.”
Singleton connected on 34.6 percent from beyond the three-point line last season, but Wittman will be there to remind Singleton that he can’t make those shots if he doesn’t take them. In his return against Toronto, Singleton was hesitant when he got the ball and twice passed up clean looks to dribble into a more difficult shot for himself and his teammates. He got an earful from Wittman both times.
“Can’t turn down open shots,” Wittman said. “He’s worked this summer, on getting to the rim, getting to the foul line more. Not being strictly a spot-up shooter and those are the things I’m looking for.”
Singleton was put on alert with the Wizards’ additions at small forward but the team has maintained its commitment to him for at least one more year after picking up his third-year option and keeping him under contract through 2013-14. This season, Singleton is looking for his number to get called, wherever that may be.
“I just want to get in the game,” Singleton said, “help the team as much as possible.”