No, I don't think you can use SearchSelectLister but only to render static options and not dynamic options.
If you want to use SearchSelectLister and not use Sideview Utils at all, just download the Dashboard Examples app from Splunk. I believe there are numerous examples that can help you with the complex syntax for SearchSelectLister and that can help you learn about "intentions".
If you want to use SearchSelectLister in a view that does use other Sideview modules, but for some reason you just don't want to use the Pulldown module, well that's a really weird thing to do. I have no idea why you would want to, but if you go in Sideview Utils to "Key Techniques > Other > Form Search Comparisons", you'll see the page has links to the same form search page implemented in two different ways. One of the ways using Pulldown modules and the other uses StaticSelect and SearchSelectLister and ConvertToIntention modules.
Here I've copied out an example of each view. Both of these pieces of XML implement a single dynamic pulldown menu.
1) From the view that uses SearchSelectLister and ConvertToIntention.