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Villanova’s Bey is a ‘Polished Prospect’ for the Blazers

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The Athletic’s C.J. Holmes listed the Trail Blazers as a good fit for Villanova forward Saddiq Bey.

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The 2020 NBA Draft is just under two months away and the experts are starting to highlight potential landing spots for the prospects hoping to hear their name called. Saddiq Bey, a versatile forward from Villanova, is a prospect that routinely comes up in conversations that involve the Trail Blazers.

On Tuesday, The Athletic’s C.J. Holmes placed Portland on a list of five destinations for the 6-foot-8 forward. Holmes explained that Bey’s blend of experience and upside would fit nicely inside the Blazers’ current forward rotation.

Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza aren’t getting any younger. Rodney Hood is coming off a torn Achilles. Mario Hezonja has underwhelmed. Zach Collins can’t stay healthy. Little and Wenyen Gabriel haven’t been the rotational players Portland hoped they’d be. In short: The Trail Blazers need some help at forward. Bey would provide depth and stability as a more polished prospect, with starter potential down the line. After allowing opponents to shoot 38 percent from deep this season, the second-highest percentage in the league, Portland could also use a rangy perimeter defender, and Bey checks that box. Offensively, Bey’s ability to space the floor would make life easier for Damian Lillard and McCollum.

In 31 outings last season, Bey attempted 5.6 three-pointers per game and connected on 45.1 percent of those shots from distance. Outside of scoring, the North Carolina native produced 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Along with the Blazers, the Suns, Pelicans, Celtics and Mavericks made Holmes’ list. Of those four other teams, the Suns, Pelicans and Celtics all possess selections in front of the Blazers at this time.

You can read the full story from Holmes at The Athletic (subscription required).