Pistons’ Saddiq Bey finished among the all-time rookie leaders in 3s

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Detroit Pistons guard Saddiq Bey turned in an impressive rookie season this year, and the 19th pick placed among elite company in the process.

Bey finished the season averaging 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 70 games on 38% shooting from 3-point range. He reached a number of milestones this season, including the most games by a rookie with at least five 3-pointers and the most 3s in a season (175) in team history.

His 175 total 3-pointers are third-most all-time by a rookie, behind Damian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell.

The most 3-pointers in a season by a rookie in NBA history

  1. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (2017-18): 187

  2. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (2012-13): 185

  3. Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons (2020-21): 175

  4. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves (2020-21): 171

  5. Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks (2018-19): 168

Bey likely would have surpassed the record set by Mitchell had the 2020-21 season been a full, 82-game schedule. While he came up just short, Bey was recently made aware of the record but wasn’t focusing too heavily on it.

“I remember somebody asked me that before a couple of games ago,” Bey said. “I try to just play every game and just take whatever is there for me and try to be the best that I can be. Whatever comes with that, whatever accolades or not, I was just trying to be the best I can be every day.”

The performance by Bey this season will likely earn him some additional recognition in the NBA All-Rookie conversation once the awards are announced. He represents a big piece moving forward for the Pistons as the organization looks to rebuild.

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