Sadiq Bey had a strong second season for the Detroit Pistons, averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, up from last season.
He added more nuance to his attacking game, penetrating the dribble more, using more post-ups and not relying solely on 3-point shooting as he did for most of last season.
He has also broadened his game defensively, defending more power forwards this season than last and showing he has the strength to defend in position.
But if you look closer at the numbers, you’ll see a guy whose shooting percentages are down across the board, and if you look at game-by-game production, you’ll see a guy who’s as streaky as anyone. in the league.
When things are going well, Saddiq looks like one of the best young players in the NBA, but when they’re not, he looks like another guy, a player that Coach Casey once hinted he was. would be sent to the G-League.
Clearly the thing Saddiq Bey needs to work on for next season is consistency, as he leaves for a game or two and then disappears, to repeat the cycle.
Saddiq Bey’s streak for the Detroit Pistons
Saddiq Bey’s extremes started right away, as he came out strong in the first five games, averaging 17.2 points and nine rebounds.
His next six games he scored 9, 4, 7, 12, 16 and 4 points.
After a fine three-game streak of 16, 28 and 15, Bey backed it up with one of his worst stretches of the season, recording games of 7, 14, 15, 13, 9, 6, 2, 8 , 15, 8, 11 and 4 points, a 12-game average of just 9.3 points per game.
He then went on a 9 game streak where he averaged 25 per game, his best streak of the season, followed by single digit scoring for 3 out of 5 games.
Bey will score 31 points, as he did against Cleveland, to follow up with a seven-point effort in the very next game against New Orleans. Every player has nights off, but Bey tends to string them together, going back and forth between hot and cold.
In the end, it all comes down to a pretty good season for Saddiq Bey, but hot and cold streaks can be infuriating. While it’s great when things are going well, the Detroit Pistons need Bey to be there night after night and not score 30 one night and disappear the next.
Consistency is something that comes with experience and I think that’s the area where Saddiq Bey will improve the most next season. Hopefully we’ll see a guy who scores 20 points night after night and sometimes leaves for more instead of what we’ve had this season, who is one of the most streaky players in the NBA.