SADDIQ BEY

BIRTHDATE: 4/9/99

POSITION: Combo Forward

HEIGHT: 6'8"

WEIGHT: 215 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Villanova

CLASS: Sophomore

STRENGTHS

  • Ideal complimentary role player for todays NBA

  • Can play both forward spots

  • Switchy defender that can guard multiple positions

  • Very efficient scorer; Advanced stats darling

  • Excellent 3 point shooter; shot 45% from 3 as a sophomore

  • Comfortable shooting 3's on the move

  • Good ball handler and decision maker

  • Can serve as a point forward if needed

  • High assists/TO ratio for a wing

  • Capable of shooting pull ups off the dribble

  • Can post up smaller defenders

  • Uses strong frame to bully his way to his spots

  • Nice face up game in the mid post

AREAS TO IMPROVE

  • Lacks ideal quickness and explosiveness 

  • Below the rim finisher; Lacks pop around the rim

  • When he can't beat guys off the dribble he looks to bully them

  • Although he can shoot off the dribble his shot is flat and easily contested

  • Will likely struggle creating off the dribble in NBA

SUMMARY

Saddiq Bey had a breakout sophomore season that put him in position to possibly hear his name called in the late lottery of the 2020 NBA Draft... Bey is the ideal complimentary player and his game is perfectly suited for today's  small ball positionless NBA. His versatility allows him to play both forward spots on the offensive end of the floor, and defensively he's capable of defending up to 4 positions.

Bey was a pretty good shooter from behind the arc as a freshman, knocking down over 37% of his 3 point attempts, but the strides he made as a sophomore have had a tremendous impact on his draft stock. He converted over 45% of his 3's on 5.6 attempts per game and looked comfortable knocking down 3's on the move and even off the dribble. 

While his primary role on offense will likely be as a floor spacer, Bey is a good ball handler and decision maker that could see minutes as a point forward. He lacks the ideal quickness to beat defenders off the dribble to the rim and won't breakdown defenses with a lot of dribble penetration, but he moves the ball fast and seems to always make the right decision. In his two seasons at Villanova, he posted 120 assists and only 74 turnovers. While he did not have the same responsibilities as some of the players projected as point guards in this draft, you can make a case and say he's a much better decision maker and sees the floor just as well.

Rafael Barlowe - June 11, 2020