The 2020 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Saddiq Bey 2020 NBA Draft Profile.
Size: 6-foot-8, 216 pounds
Bey was a three-star recruit who decided to join one of college basketball’s juggernauts in Villanova. It took some development, but Bey has become a good wing prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft.
In his freshman season, Bey was able to start most games, putting up 8.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. The Wildcats went 26-10 and made the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He took a huge step forward as a sophomore with 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Villanova looked like they could compete and advance in the NCAA Tournament after posting a 26-7 record before the season was canceled.
After the season, Bey decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2020 NBA Draft. He is likely going to be selected in the middle of the first round at the earliest and late in the first round at the latest.
His size and length will be among the best in the class for a wing player. He stands at 6-foot-8, which will make him a unique wing player. This allows him to get shots up over smaller defenders, post up defenders and contest shots on the defensive end. If he adds a little more strength, he will have a prototypical NBA body.
Bey is a great three-point shooter, as he shot 45.1 percent from deep last season. What makes it more impressive is that he attempted so many threes. He averaged 5.6 three-pointers attempted per game, which proves that he can shoot consistently. Bey can stretch the floor and his range will extend out deeper than the NBA three-point line.
To go along with his size and length, Bey has good body control. He isn’t the greatest athlete, but he is able to do things better than most players his size. His body control allows him to handle the ball well, rebound decently and defend at a solid rate. He should be able to improve on these skills as he grows in the NBA.
His speed and quickness are what hold Bey back from being a great athlete. He has an average-at-best first step with the ball in his hands, which limits his ability to drive and create. This also gets to him on the defensive end. Bey is a solid defender, but some quicker and faster players can beat him and get easy baskets.
While he is an ok defender, he doesn’t make impact plays on the defensive end of the floor. He averaged 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game, which is a little disappointing given his size and length. He does a decent job staying in front of his man, but if a team is looking for a game-changer defensively they likely not be selecting Bey.
Creating his own shot is another area that Bey doesn’t excel at. He lacks the ability to get into the lane or create space to get his shot off when guarded closely. Teams looking to utilize Bey’s talents will most likely make him into a player that is a spot-up shooter or a player who posts smaller players up, but there may not be much in between.
Projected Draft Range: Mid to Late First Round Pick
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