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Why Detroit Pistons’ Saddiq Bey Is The Leading Candidate To Be NBA Star

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Players selected midway through the first round of the NBA draft rarely stand out immediately in the first two seasons of their careers. But Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey exceeded expectations as a rookie.

Bey averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists during his rookie campaign and was named to the All-Rookie First Team. He led all rookies with 175 3-point shots made.

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During his second season, Bey improved on every level. He showed more versatility in his game, becoming more than just a 3-D player. His numbers also benefited, averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. It also went from 0.2 interceptions per game to 0.9.

With the departure of Jerami Grant to Portland, Bey will likely become the second scoring option in Dwane Casey’s offense behind Cade Cunningham. With a bigger role, he could be in line for a breakout season. Bey averaged 19.1 points in 34 games without Grant last season.

“Saddiq is the one who didn’t get a break,” Casey said. “He’s one of those guys who reminds me of Dirk Nowitzki, we used to lock down the gym to keep him out of the gym. He’s a basketball addict.

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