Dallas Mavericks Draft Target No. 1
Saddiq Bey, Wing
Saddiq Bey, the 6-8 wing from Villanova, is a favorite around the Dallas Mavericks draft community. Strong and aggressive, Bey has the length (6-foot-10 wing span) and tenacity to be a lockdown defender in the NBA. His shooting range and quick release make him an ideal 3-and-D wing on the Mavs from the start.
Bey’s defensive versatility allows him to defend up or down effectively (depending on matchup, of course). He’s not an explosive athlete who’s going to provide highlight reel dunks or big plays above the rim, but he’s a lock-down defender that the Mavs desperately need.
Last season he shot a staggering 45.1% from deep making him an asset on both ends of the floor. He’s a plus spot up shooter, he’s a plus transition player, he’s a plus pick-and-roll ball handler, you name it – he’s got it.
Based on his catch and shoot numbers, he’s the perfect match next to Luka Doncic. When guarded, he’s shooting 46% in catch-and-shoot situations and 53% in unguarded situations. The kid is going to get opportunities.
The only problem with Bey is he seems he is undervalued across the board and could go much higher than most mock drafts are projecting (Projected in the 12-20 range). The Dallas Mavericks would likely need to move up to secure a polished 3-and-D wing like Saddiq Bey.