Saddiq Bey

Saddiq Bey

22-Year-Old ForwardF
Detroit Pistons
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Pistons grabbed Bey with the 19th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Detroit believed they were selecting a sharpshooter with length, and Bey did not disappoint. The 6-foot-7 wing drained 175 three-pointers in his rookie season -- tops amongst all rookies. He also shot 38.0 percent from behind the arc, which was good for seventh amongst rookies with at least 65 attempts. Bey's 857 total points were also second amongst rookies. Of course, most NBA freshmen were playing on squads with more talent than the rebuilding Pistons. When Detroit bought out Blake Griffin in mid-February, Bey was named the starter. In his 53 starts, Bey delivered 13.6 points, 4.9 boards, 2.7 three-pointers and 0.9 steals over 30.8 minutes per game. Bey is likey the starter at small forward heading into the 2021-22 season unless coach Dwane Casey starts Kelly Olynyk at the four and Jerami Grant at the three. Either way, he'll fight off reserves Hamidou Diallo and Josh Jackson in an effort to continue seeing more than 30 minutes per contest, which seems likely. Expect the usual sophomore shooting improvement from Bey this season. During his last season at Villanova, the wing shot 47.7 percent from the field. So an improvement on his rookie season's 40.4 percent seems likely. Gradual improvement in most counting stats also seems likely as the 22-year-old and the Pistons continue to improve. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.51 million contract with the Pistons in November of 2020. Pistons exercised $2.96 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Bey was born Apr. 9, 1999 in Charlotte, North Carolina but grew up in Largo, Maryland. He is the son of Drewana Bey, a high school principal who played college basketball at Charlotte. As a freshman, Bey attended DeMatha Catholic High School before transferring to Sidwell Friends School, known for its strength in academics and basketball. Bey also played AAU ball with D.C. Premier. He helped lead Sidwell Friends to a state championship as a junior, averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. As a senior, he averaged 21 points and eight rebounds per high school contest. For college, Bey originally committed to NC State, then de-committed and opted to attend Villanova one month later. As a sophomore at Villanova, Bey won the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award and was named to the First-team All-Big East. Bey progressed from a "glue guy" to a primary contributor between his freshman and sophomore seasons at Villanova. He took a bit of a backseat in the scoring department to the likes of Eric Paschall and Phil Booth his freshman year, but still managed respectable averages of 8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. That was enough for a nod on the Big East All-Freshman team in 2018-19. With the aforementioned players gone for Bey's sophomore season, he was forced to take a much bigger scoring role. Bey put up 16.1 points that year, which included a career-high 33 points Jan. 11 against Georgetown. He racked up plenty of accolades for a Villanova team in the running for a No. 1 seed, including an All-Big East first-team nod and being named a Wooden Award finalist. He also won the Julius Erving Award, given to the top collegiate small forward.

Solid in loss
FDetroit Pistons
December 7, 2021
Bey produced 15 points (5-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals across 40 minutes during Monday's 114-103 loss to the Thunder.
ANALYSIS
Bey has struggled to retain his efficiency from his rookie season to year two. His overall efficiency has dropped from 40.4 percent to 34.9 percent -- exacerbated by an ugly 29.2 clip from three on 6.3 attempts per game. The Villanova product might be amid the classic sophomore slump. Bey's usage is up and he's attempted a healthy 13.1 field goals per game, they just aren't falling. His 15 points on Monday marked his best effort in six previous contests, and his next opportunity to build on it will be Wednesday versus Washington.
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Goes for 13 points and seven
FDetroit Pistons
November 25, 2021
Bey ended with 13 points (4-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds and one assist across 33 minutes during Wednesday's 114-93 loss to the Bucks.
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Leads team with 28 points
FDetroit Pistons
November 15, 2021
Bey posted 28 points (9-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 28 minutes during Monday's loss to Sacramento.
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Tallies 16 points, nine boards
FDetroit Pistons
November 10, 2021
Bey had 16 points (6-17 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 112-104 win at Houston.
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Suffers ugly shooting night
FDetroit Pistons
November 3, 2021
Bey had four points (2-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds and three assists in a 117-89 loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night.
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Ready to play Tuesday
FDetroit Pistons
November 2, 2021
Bey (ankle) will play Tuesday against the Bucks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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