2020 NBA Draft Profile: Saddiq Bey

06/04/2020 at 12:06pm

Saddiq Bey
6’8  |  SF  |  21.1  |  Villanova  |  SO

14.6 1.10 96th 58% 10% 11%

Saddiq Bey is a versatile forward who steadily improved over the last two years to emerge as one of the more efficient players in the Big East.  Widely regarded as a top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2018, Bey committed to a Villanova team rebuilding from an incredibly successful stretch under Head Coach Jay Wright that saw the program capture two National Championships in three years.  Filling a complementary role averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds as a starter during his freshman year, he broke out in a major way as a sophomore showing dramatic improvement in several key areas.  Averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 45.1% from beyond the arc, Bey solidified himself as one of the best small forwards in the country while guiding Villanova a spot in the AP Top-10 and earning All-Big East 1st Team honors.

33.9 16.1 4.7 2.4 48% 45% 77% 0.8 0.4 1.5 2.5

  • Standing 6’7 with a 216-pound frame that continues to improve and a 6’11 wingspan, Bey has nice size for a forward and a good combination of strength and instincts that he makes use of in a variety of ways on both ends.

  • A tough, competitive player, Bey’s improvement as a shooter, excellent feel for the game, and strong base of footwork and fundamentals were apparent in his versatility this season.  Among the most efficient scorers in the country, he proved to be an excellent floor spacer, but his jump shot translated in the pick and roll and in transition as well.  Able to use his physicality to create for himself a bit while still moving the ball unselfishly as a passer, the sophomore was critical to the Wildcats’ success this season.

  • Possessing good length and instincts, Bey is not the most prolific rebounder or disruptive defender but plays with discipline and physicality.  Charged with guarding several explosive scoring guards for stretches last season, he is not overwhelmingly quick, but is a smart, diligent defender willing to do what is asked of him.

Shot Chart

PlayType Analysis

  • Playing primarily off the ball this season in a system that emphasizes spacing on the perimeter, Bey did much of his scoring spotting up and running to the arc in transition.  He scored 1.31 points per spot up possession [98th percentile] and 1.39 points per transition possession [93rd percentile] draining shots with slightly unconventional form, but a reliable release point that does not break down under pressure.  An improved free throw shooter as well, Bey solidified himself as one of the top 3-point shooters in the country even if he had a couple cold nights in his first year in a feature role.

  • Providing value in a variety of other ways making hustle plays and staying active off the ball, Bey also emerged as a capable slasher.  He is not especially dynamic as a slasher, but goes strong to the rim, uses his body extremely well to shield the ball, and keeps things simple as a finisher.  Scoring 1.20 points per shot around the rim in the half court [66th percentile], Bey is an instinctual scorer inside with the footwork, patience, and physicality to work his way through traffic when defenders cut off his initial lane to the rim.

  • Able to play above the rim in space, make the extra pass on the perimeter, and hit an occasional pull-up jumper when defenders play him to drive, Bey is a mature, well-rounded forward.

Spot Up Pick & Roll
26.7% 1.314 98th 14.6% 0.939 88th

Transition Isolation
11.5% 1.385 93rd 11.3% 0.686 36th

  • Ranked 2nd in the Big East in scoring efficiency among players using over 10 possessions per game (1.10 ppp)
  • Ranked 4th in the Big East in spot up scoring (5.1 ppg)

Defensive Analysis

  • Possessing good length and fundamentals, Bey is a heady defender who does not make a lot of mistakes. He does not have outstanding lateral quickness but knows how to deal with switches and allowed 0.56 points per isolation possession [76th percentile].

  • He rebounded the ball better as a freshman than as a sophomore due in large part to how much more frequently he found himself guarding on the perimeter in his second year with the Wildcats.