From now until the first name is called, we will be breaking down many of the potential draft picks for the Sacramento Kings. Up first, Saddiq Bey.
While the schedule for the upcoming year for the NBA is still unknown, we know that there will be a draft at some point. We’re going to help you be prepared when that day comes, as we’ll be breaking down potential prospects for the Sacramento Kings in the first and second rounds of the 2020 NBA Draft.
Today’s prospect is Saddiq Bey, a six-foot eight-inch sophomore wing from Villanova.
Like many players in the 2020 Draft Class, Saddiq Bey’s stock is all over the board and where he’ll be drafted depends on whom you ask. Some outlets have him projected as a potential late lottery pick, while others have him pegged a few picks deep in to the second round. Whether Bey is available when the Kings make their pick in the 11-13 range, or if he falls to the second round as some are projecting, Sacramento would be smart to have their scouting complete.
Bey was one of the most accurate three-point shooters in the country this season, making long range shots at a 45 percent clip, the third-highest of any D1 player with more than 175 attempts. He has a sweet, quick release that is almost Buddy Hield-like. He excels in the catch and shoot and can even thrive as the ball handler in the pick and roll. His true shooting percentage last season was above 60.
He has a high basketball IQ, which he uses to his advantage on both ends of the floor. He does not have the pure athleticism to make him an elite defender, but he has great anticipation and reads the offense well. His versatility allows him to guard multiple positions, which will be a coveted trait at the next level.
But it is his offensive prowess that will give Bey a chance to succeed in the NBA. He was generally consistent with his scoring numbers throughout the season, and showed the ability to get hot in a hurry. Bey scored 20+ points in 11 of his 31 games, including a 33 point explosion back in January against Georgetown. He went 8 for 10 from beyond the arc in that contest.