Kyle Singler readily admits it.

He was hoping to earn the trust of the Pistons' coaching staff and earn heavy minutes his rookie season, but he wasn't exactly counting on it.

"I really didn't know what to expect," Singler said last week. "Thinking positively, I would have hoped that I would be playing these types of minutes, but coming into the season, I had no idea I would be playing these types of minutes."

Singler, 24, should have had more confidence. The rookie from Duke (after a one-season detour in Europe) is third on the Pistons in playing time at 28.4 minutes per game -- not counting newcomer Jose Calderon -- and fourth among rookies.

So the All-Star break came at a good time for Singler.

He is eighth among rookies in three-point percentage (38.1) and scoring (nine points).

He has played even better since the Tayshaun Prince trade for Calderon. He is averaging 11.5 points in the nine games since the trade and carries a streak of five straight double-figure scoring games into the second half.