Pistons rookie forward Saddiq Bey is quietly setting history from deep.
Last night, he finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, including five three-pointers — and finished only five points shy from setting a new career-high (30 points).
He has the most games (11) with at least five threes by a rookie in league history — ahead of Steph Curry (9) and Allen Iverson (9).
“I don’t even realize or really think about it until somebody tells me,” Bey said of his record. “I’m like, ‘Oh.’ That’s an honor and a blessing to be part of that type of company.”
Bey is averaging 13.2 points on 37% shooting from three in the 46 games he’s started this season. And aside from being a three-point assassin, he has the lowest turnover rate (0.8) on the team.
“It’s kind of like you want him to be a little more reckless, more aggressive,” coach Dwane Casey said. “But he’s such a conscientious player, a conscientious kid, that he doesn’t want to make mistakes — and doesn’t.”
The Brooklyn Nets selected the former Villanova Wildcat with the 19th pick, then traded him to Detroit in exchange for Landry Shamet.
It was probably for the best. He’s become a cornerstone in Detroit’s arduous rebuild.