Because the losses begin to pile up for the Detroit Pistons, our focus begins to shift away from group success and towards particular person enhancements from the younger core. After each sport, the fan base seeks solutions to some widespread questions.
Will Cade Cunningham discover his 3-point capturing kind? Has Killian Hayes lastly discovered his offensive confidence? How is Isaiah Stewart progressing together with his extra perimeter-oriented offensive function?
For third-year ahead Saddiq Bey, the questions have been largely offensive ones however revolved round his play close to the rim. Sure, his 3-point shot stays inconsistent as he’s down within the low 30s this season after capturing 38% as a rookie and 35% final season.
The place Bey has appeared to indicate great progress this season is attacking and ending on the rim. Though, in full transparency, Cerebro’s around-the-rim metric has him proper across the identical he has been all through his younger NBA profession.
2018-19 – 67 (Freshman at Villanova)
2019-20 – 64 (Sophomore at Villanova)
2020-21 – 58 (Rookie)
2021-22 – 63
2022 -23 – 59 (14 Video games)
You’ll anticipate a a lot larger rating whereas in faculty so the slight drop when getting into the NBA isn’t a surprise.
The method (lowercase-p not capital-P) is commonly talked about with a participant like Bey, and he appears to be getting increasingly comfy together with his.
When open, the method dictates he catch and shoot with out hesitation. Early within the season, we noticed Bey take far too many shot pretend, sidestep 3-pointers that ended up being more durable than wanted.
Since then, we now have seen Bey persist with his course of by both taking these shot makes an attempt or shot faking and attacking the basket. As well as, he appears to have discovered a confidence and luxury in ending we didn’t see in his first two seasons.
The previous Villanova product has made nice strides early this season in willingness and skill to assault closeouts. There are nonetheless instances the place he hesitates slightly too lengthy, permitting the protection to lock in, however catch and drives have been his most used play sort, in line with inSTAT.
Even when Bey does take slightly too lengthy to assault the closeout he nonetheless has a jab step and/or rip via at his disposal that he’s comfy using. The shot pretend, jab step, and rip via all mix to offer the third yr wing-forward all the pieces he must leverage his perimeter gravity into driving alternatives.
Bey additionally appears to have discovered his method of attending to the free-throw line in his third season. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Bey will, at instances, bully his option to the rim however appears to have a newfound persistence when attending to the lane and getting defenders off their toes to attract fouls. He has elevated his free-throw makes an attempt per sport by virtually two via the early a part of the season. A significant space of enchancment for this Detroit Pistons group general.
There are nonetheless loads of areas for progress for Bey when attacking the basket. The aforementioned power and persistence is nice however at instances he might merely use a extra numerous and finesse ending bundle.
He has at all times been comfy going to the reverse, virtually to a fault the place groups would play him for it, however including the prolonged and scoop shot finishes can be an enormous for his continued improvement.
It could even be good to see Bey leverage his 3-point capturing gravity in one other play sort, coming off screens. Groups must be chasing Bey excessive of those, if not he ought to cease and knock down a shot, which once more opens up driving lanes for him to assault.
The play sort that Bey continues to indicate limitation and has not proven a lot success or promise that must be talked about is in true isolation. Bey doesn’t possess the wiggle, explosiveness, or ball dealing with creativity to create actual alternatives when not attacking an unsettled protection or closeout. This isn’t a serious destructive for his final function with the Pistons however is certainly value noting.
There are particular issues about Bey’s 3-point capturing with the fanbase and possibly rightfully so. There tends to be some yr to yr variance for NBA gamers on this statistic and we may be seeing a type of down years from Bey. Then once more, we’re simply 15 video games into the season and we might see that proportion finish the season within the mid to higher 30s.
With that stated, the gravity and respect from defenses remains to be there and that has allowed him to showcase extra of his means to assault the rim to this point this season. This has been an incredible enchancment for Bey and a scoring bundle that features 2-levels of means would serve Bey in his final function with this group, which could possibly be a sixth man bucket getter.