Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Draft 2020 Prospect Profile: Saddiq Bey

Saddiq Bey of the Villanova Wildcats takes a jump shot. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Saddiq Bey of the Villanova Wildcats takes a jump shot. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Timberwolves, Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey of the Villanova Wildcats attempts a shot. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Saddiq Bey NBA Draft 2020 Prospect Profile: Weaknesses

While Bey has enough athleticism to more than hold his own on both ends of the floor, he isn’t explosive. That’s generally okay for 3-and-D wings, but it is a bit of a knock on his potential upside of being more than just a role player.

We’ve already mentioned his shot mechanics, but it’s tough to be too worked up about his form since the results are so impressive. Not only that, his shot is far from broken, it could just use some tweaking.

Bey profiles as a fantastic catch-and-shoot player and effective as a shot-maker coming off of screens. He also should be a solid cutter and good in transition, too. The only real issue offensively is in terms of putting the ball on the floor and creating his own shot.

Bey’s dribbling skills aren’t impressive, and there isn’t anything to suggest that he has the handle or burst to consistently beat his man off the bounce, get into the paint, and score.

All things considered, that isn’t a big deal within the confines of the Timberwolves’ offense. Malik Beasley doesn’t have that ability, either, for instance, and he’s much smaller than Bey.

The Wolves have D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns to initiate offense, and head coach Ryan Saunders isn’t expecting anyone to consistently win in isolation and get to the basket and score or draw fouls.

Bey is good enough off the dribble to create a bit for his teammates and pull-up for jumpers, but he isn’t going to do damage in the paint.

For a player destined to picked in the 10 to 20 range in the draft, Bey has very few true weaknesses. Now, let’s focus on his fit with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ roster.