The different developmental paths of Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) and forward Saddiq Bey (41) Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) and forward Saddiq Bey (41) Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Austin Rivers #25 of the Denver Nuggets defends against Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images) /

Saddiq Bey’s development for the Detroit Pistons

While Isaiah Stewart was simplifying his offensive game and focusing on defense, Saddiq Bey was taking a different route, trying to add nuance and depth to his offensive bag.

We spent last offseason talking about Bey as a 3-and-D prospect, a guy who would defend multiple positions and knock down long-range shots.

But Bey came out with a different plan, taking more shots off the bounce, out of post-ups and trying to finish more at the rim instead of just taking 3-point shots.

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He struggled in the beginning of the season with this approach, but he just kept grinding and eventually it paid off, as he has improved offensively overall even though his shooting numbers are down.

Once Bey established himself as more of a threat to drive, his 3-point game has opened up and he is now taking more attempts than he did last season and has raised his percentage to 34 percent from 3-point range.

He’s improved as a rebounder and passer and is now a go-to move away from being similar to Jimmy Butler for the Pistons.

Stewart and Bey took different approaches this season, one simplifying his game and one expanding it, but they have both ended up improving, which was the goal of this season.

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