One of the highlights of the Detroit Pistons’ preseason debut was the magnitude and channeling of offensive play displayed by Saddiq Bey. The sophomore contributed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists to Wednesday’s victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Some numbers that, on the other hand, are not faithful to the dimension of this first preview of what the new version of the player can be.
Bey was Michigan’s third bet at 19th in the 2020 draft behind Killian Hayes (7th) and Isaiah Stewart (16th). The student from the University of Vilanova landed in the NBA as one of the best forwards of the litter and a potential ‘3-and-D’ perfectly adaptable to current competition canons.
The forward met these expectations in his debut year by settling into the Pistons as a starter and being inducted into the Rookies Top Quintet. His 12.2 points per evening came substantially from triple. 66.6% of their total attempts (9.9 per game) came from the perimeter, with a firm 38.0% success rate. A rather one-dimensional character that matched that previous tag of defender and shooter.
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