2012 Wizards' Player Evaluation: James Singleton

Apr 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Washington Wizards power forward James Singleton (3) shoots between Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luke Walton (32) and guard Manny Harris (right) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Singleton was whistled for an offensive foul on the play. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE


It is the end of the season, which marks the point where the Bullets Forever community get to weigh in on how well they think each Wizards player did over the course of the the abbreviated 2011-12 season. Each player is rated on the 1-10 scale. Next up: James Singleton

James Singleton. Alonzo Gee. Othyus Jeffers. All players who had a brief and positive impact on the Wizards and then left the team for a variety of reasons. During each of their brief tenures, each player endeared themselves to Wizards fans as hard workers who were willing to dive on the floor, put in the extra practice and push the starters to work harder.

This year, one of those players came back. James Singleton, who was not retained following the 2009-10 season took his talents to China ,and at the time many questioned why the gritty forward was not retained following the season. Instead, the Wizards decided to go for a bigger gamble and acquire the services of Yi Jianlian and Hilton Armstrong, both of whom had negligible positive effects through their contributions. Following Singleton's return, he picked up right where he left off with the Wizards by providing a spark off the bench and demonstrated and scoring ability which had previously been absent.

The question is now whether the Wizards make the same mistake that they did in 2009-10. Do you reward your 8th man with a decent two year contract and lock down a player who everyone in the locker room appears to like and works hard on the court? Or do you roll the dice and hope to pick up a player with more "upside" that can provide the same production as Singleton at a lesser price tag. My vote would be to retain Big Game James, but past history has taught me that lunch pail Wizards are not long for the team.

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