How Detroit Pistons’ Saddiq Bey stacks up in talented 2020 NBA rookie class
Sure, the Detroit Pistons stink — once again.
However, for the very first time in years, perhaps even a years, there is a twinkle of wish for continual success — and not simply meaningless fights for the 8th seed and a purge of the playoffs.
If you look beyond the league’s second-worst record, a number of the Pistons’ young gamers are appearing like possible factors to winning basketball in the future. One has actually stood above the rest: Saddiq Bey.
He made waves throughout the NBA a couple of weeks earlier in making all 7 of his 3-pointers in a win at Boston en path to ending up being the very first Pistons novice given that 1982 to win Eastern Conference Gamer of the Week.
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Prepared 19th total in November in what ended up being a three-way trade that sent Bruce Brown, Luke Kennard and many draft choices, the 6-foot-7, 215-pound Bey is among 4 Pistons novices. Going into Wednesday, he was balancing 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 21.5 minutes over 29 video games (12 starts), and just recently presumed the beginning function with Blake Griffin out. A lot of outstanding has actually been his 3-point shooting precision and volume, making 2 threes out of 5.1 per video game (59-for-147, 40.1%). And though he has actually had a hard time on 2-pointers (43.3%), he has actually displayed some post relocations, and has actually provided great protective effort.
How is he faring when compared to the rest of his 2020 novice class?
Today, Yahoo Sports! slotted Bey fifth in its novice power rankings.
“Bey became the first rookie in NBA history to go a perfect 7-for-7 from 3-point range in a win over the Boston Celtics earlier this month,” author Krysten Peek composed. “He is praised for his defense and is one of the best three-and-D guards in this draft class, but it’s his shooting offensively that has been impressive. The Pistons have taken advantage of his size in mismatch situations and he’s shooting close to 50% from the field in February.”
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On NBA.com’s novice ladder, Bey is 6th, with their profile noting he has actually scored double figures in 8 successive video games.
In both rankings, the leading 3 novices consisted of Tyrese Haliburton (No. 12 choice), LaMelo Ball (No. 3) and Anthony Edwards (No. 1). The Pistons will get a close take a look at Haliburton on Friday, when the Sacramento Kings go to Little Caesars Arena. It’s early, however you’ll undoubtedly be advised the Pistons selected Killian Hayes with the seventh choice to be their point player of the future rather of Haliburton. (Hayes is rehabbing a hip injury suffered Jan. 4 after 7 video games; he’s set to be reassessed in late March.)
Bey likewise was acknowledged by previous Memphis Grizzlies front workplace executive John Hollinger, who put him in the “Tier 2: Picking Up Steam” classification in his novice tiers profile on The Athletic.
“Finding a rotation-caliber forward is one of the most valuable things a team can do in the draft, given the expense of these players in the free-agent market,” Hollinger composed. “That now seems like a worst-case scenario for Bey, and Detroit got him outside the lottery.”
Isaiah Stewart, the Pistons’ energetic center chose No. 16 in the draft, made Hollinger’s next tier, entitled “More or less on track.”
“Stewart’s youth and serviceable production as a rookie offer the promise of him becoming something, but it’s not clear yet exactly what,” Hollinger composed. “The optimistic take is that his shooting touch seems deft enough to eventually stretch out to the 3-point line, which would help his value proposition considerably.”
Stewart is 1-for-5 from 3-point variety this season.
Second-round choice point player Saben Lee, who’s on a two-way agreement and not on the 15-man lineup, has actually shined over the previous couple of days too.
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All of that warms the insides, but here’s one drawback when thinking big picture: The Pistons still lack a player with clear star potential, and that bears out in a couple of more recent rankings.
The Pistons were left without any players in The Athletic’s 50 best prospects list (open to first-round picks on rookie-scale contracts and second-rounders still on their first deals), and ranked 19th in the league in the website’s organizational young star capacity rankings, with Hayes as their leading possibility, followed by Bey.
So, while this season is appearing like among the worst in franchise history record-wise, the Pistons, led by basic supervisor Troy Weaver, must have an opportunity to pluck a leading skill in the 2021 draft — particularly if the ping pong balls go their method the lottery game.
This post initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons’ Saddiq Bey sticking out compared to other NBA novices
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.