In Saddiq Bey’s defense, he only played 31 games with the Hawks. Nonetheless, the long-range specialist flamed out – by his standards – in the playoffs.
Just a season ago, Bey put up 16.1 points per game for the Detroit Pistons. Against the Celtics in round one, the 24-year-old averaged just 7.5 points on 37.5% shooting. On March 17, 2022, Bey scored an incredible 51 points in a regular season meeting with the Magic. In his most recent postseason, he failed to crack double-digit points in four of six games.
It is never an encouraging sign to see a young talent’s numbers take such a hit, especially when the postseason rolls around. However, Bey did provide some promising production to end the regular season – albeit on lower volume than he saw in Detroit.
In 25 regular season games with Atlanta, the sharpshooter nailed 40% of his threes while averaging 11.6 points per game.
Bey could carve a more prominent role in the Hawks’ offense as he becomes more familiar with his new squad, and an entire offseason with the team could be just what the doctor ordered. Even so, the former Villanova product has largely been a far cry from the player who dropped 50 last spring.
Although his stint for the Hawks has been brief, Bey has not made the impact Atlanta fans were hoping for.
Whether the Hawks plan to deal him away or not, his relative dip in production will do no favors for his trade value heading into the offseason.