Detroit Pistons: What is the next step for each rookie?

Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey
Dec 28, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Saddiq Bey (41) is guarded by Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey needs more in his offensive bag

Two things became clear watching Saddiq Bey this season: The kid can defend and he can shoot.

We knew that coming into the season, but Bey has proven himself to be the best 3-and-D rookie in the league and one of the best rookie 3-point shooters of all time.

Teams are going to have to respect this moving forward and I expect Bey will have to work a lot harder for his shots next season.

That is why the next step for him is to add more weapons to his offensive bag. Zach Lowe predicted Bey could become a good post player, which I think is possible, as he has plus size and strength for a wing.

But he also needs to get better as as playmaker, as he is not a great passer. I would also love to see him used in the pick-and-roll more often with Killian Hayes, who already runs the play like a veteran and could use Bey to draw defenders away from the lane when he penetrates.

If Bey can add another wrinkle to his offensive game, whether it is dribble penetration to set up teammates or working out of the post, he is going to be an All-Star someday, as he is already a disruptive defender on the perimeter and one of the better volume 3-point shooters in the league.