Detroit Pistons: Saddiq Bey has a shot at Most Improved Players
Other than Cade Cunningham, I’d say Saddiq Bey has the best shot at winning the Most Improved Player award next season for the Detroit Pistons.
Bey made a leap last season, jumping from 12 to 16 points per game, though his efficiency did take a dip.
He also put himself on the national radar when he dropped 51 points on the Magic, putting the league on notice that he could be more than just a role player for the Detroit Pistons.
Bey struggled early last season when he was trying to add some new tricks to his offensive bag, but I think he’ll come into next season much more focused and won’t have that early lapse to throw off his shooting numbers.
For Saddiq Bey to compete for the Most Improved Player award, he really just has to do what he did last season, but without the lapse in efficiency.
If we see Bey jump up over 20 points per game to go along with roughly seven rounds and four assists, he would definitely get some consideration for MIP, especially if the Pistons are sniffing the play-in tournament.
This will take a bump in efficiency, as he will probably have to shoot closer to 40 percent from 3-point range on high volume, after hitting just 34 percent last season. If we see Bey back to 38 percent but on 8+ attempts per game, those scoring numbers are well within reach.
But he has to show he is more than a 3-and-D guy by upping his assist numbers and grabbing a few more rebounds as well.
All three of these players are long shots given that they are on a rebuilding team that is not likely to be a playoff contender next season, but of the three, the smart money would go on Bey, who has the best chance to be the first Piston to win Most Improved Player.