Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey has a lot to gain next season

Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

Next season will be huge for Saddiq Bey of the Detroit Pistons, who will be entering his third year with a lot to prove.

Bey has looked like an All-Star at times and had some huge games after a slow start to the season, including a 51-point outburst against the Orlando Magic.

We know Saddiq Bey is a workhorse who is going to put in the hours to get better and he does have some things to work on.

He needs to be a more consistent shooter from 3-point range and get his average closer to 40 percent than the 34 percent he shot this season, which was a drop off from his rookie year.

I think he will, as Bey was working on various parts of his offensive game at the beginning of last season, which probably hurt his overall shooting efficiency.

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Bey will be eligible for his rookie extension after this season, and there has already been widespread speculation about what he is going to get and whether he is truly a max guy.

But the floor for his next deal has been set, the rest is just up to Saddiq.

Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey’s next contract

The recent Keldon Johnson contract for the San Antonio Spurs probably set the market for what Saddiq Bey can expect as a minimum.

Johnson got 4 years/$80 million, which is more or less minimum wage for an NBA starter (must be nice) and I think Bey is going to get at least that as long as he stays healthy and progresses.

But if he makes a big leap this season and becomes a consistent 20 ppg scorer while shooting a high percentage on high-volume threes, he could be looking at much more.

Bey will be eligible for 25 percent of the salary cap as a player with up to six years of experience, so if he plays well, could bump himself up from $20 million per season to five or even 10 million more.

Saddiq is going to get a big payday either way, but should have extra motivation going into this season to prove that he is a max guy.

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