Like most potential second round prospects, Bey does not come without his weaknesses. Offensively, the aforementioned lack of athleticism is an issue. He lacks explosiveness and a quick first step, which limits his range of abilities. When he does get in to the lane, he struggles to score in traffic and has questionable shot selection under pressure. Bey is also often knocked for being too passive on offense, and is not exactly a creator of his own shot.
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His defense has less holes, but he has the unfortunate tendency to get bodied by stronger opponents. In order for him to have a chance in the NBA, he will not only have to get tougher in the post, but will have to use his physical attributes to get steals and blocks as well. A boost in those areas would also likely see an uptick in Bey’s rebounding ability, which is nothing to write home about either.
How Would He Fit With The Kings?
The Sacramento Kings would be very wise to do their homework on Bey given their offseason needs. More than anything, coach Luke Walton needs a legitimate second string wing to back up Harrison Barnes and provide a spark off of the bench. He needs a guy who can come in and knock down a couple of treys while also providing some defensive help. Saddiq Bey fits that mold.
While his defense is not yet elite, he has the tools and the IQ to develop in to a serious 3-and-D threat in the coming years. With the Kings wings and back court lacking any elite defensive stoppers, the team would be smart to grab a prospect who might become one some day. Bey certainly has his weaknesses, but most of them are in teachable areas.
Bey would fit the mold of Kings players from elite collegiate programs like Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina, and has played under an established coach like Jay Wright in his two seasons at Villanova.
If you are going to do any research on potential Kings draft prospects, make sure Saddiq Bey is in your queue. There is a good chance that Vlade Divac and the Sacramento front office are as high on him as we are.