3. Saddiq Bey – Villanova
The final 3&D player that falls within this range is a player with more size than the previous two in the 6 foot 8 inch sophomore from Villanova, Saddiq Bey.
Bey averaged 16.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists during his second college season while shooting 50 percent from the field, 45.1 percent from three, and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe – seriously flirting with the so elusive 50/40/90.
Bey’s skillset is better utilized with the ball in his hands that Nesmith, which the Kings may not find much value in, but his added height and wingspan also projects him as a fairly switchable defender as shown above covering a small guard for extended stretches.
There is undeniable value in that increased size of Vassell compared to some of the other 3&D prospects, but athleticism can be found up and down every roster throughout the NBA and that is where some of the questions with Bey stem from. He has a subpar lateral quickness, first step, and explosiveness that leaves much to be desired. It also potentially limits his ceiling as a prospect – but I am of the thought that Sacramento should be drafting higher floor guys such as Bey since the roster is not as young as some may believe.
Bey’s shooting, size, and versatility are encouraging enough for the Kings to buy in and seriously consider him at the 12th pick.