With the Detroit Pistons participating in a chase for the number one pick in the NBA Draft, Saddiq Bey quietly placed his name above Allen Iverson and Stephen Curry in the NBA record books. The former Villanova forward broke the rookie record for most games with five or more 3 pointers with 11.
Most games with 5+ threes by a rookie in NBA history:— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 4, 2021
11 — Saddiq Bey
9 — Steph Curry
9 — Allen Iverson pic.twitter.com/2XWEHxrCeo
Saddiq hit five 3-pointers in back-to-back games this week against the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets to break the record, passing the 20 point plateau on both occasions.
Head coach Dwane Casey is impressed just as much by his efficient play as his shooting.
“He’s efficient in his play,” says Casey, via NBA.com.“It’s kind of like you want him to be a little more reckless, more aggressive. But he’s such a conscientious player, a conscientious kid that he doesn’t want to make mistakes – and doesn’t.”
Bey has season averages of 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting a solid 38.3 percent from beyond the line. Over his last 12 games, he’s picked up his production scoring 15.8 points per game on an eye-opening 40.9 percent shooting from 3-point range.
He has scored 20 or more points nine times overall this season, which is quite a feat considering Bey is accomplishing this in a shortened season, with no summer league, and a shortened preseason with six more games to add to the record.
With all of the attention surrounding Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball, Saddiq Bey’s take on his chances of being NBA’s Rookie of the Year is just as low key as his record-breaking exploits.
“I just try to control what I can control. I don’t really know too much about other rookies—except the ones on my team. I try to just control what I can control and I just try to get better every day.”
The Detroit Pistons have committed to developing their young players this season by buying out Blake Griffin and trading Derrick Rose, but Bey’s recent performances this rookie season justifies the vision for the future.