Orlando Magic NBA Draft Preview: The shooters the Magic should target

Josh Green is a growing player and potential shooter coming from Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Josh Green is a growing player and potential shooter coming from Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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Saddiq Bey, Villanova

The Villanova Wildcats have become a machine. The team under Jay Wright has become a juggernaut, winning two national championships in four years. Wright is one of the most sought-after coaches everywhere. And there are plenty of Villanova players dotting NBA rosters now.

The Wildcats were not about to win a national championship this year, but they certainly could have made a lot of noise thanks to their balanced roster and experience in big games. Villanova currently has that mystique.

And a lot of that is a credit to their coaching and the way they develop and build players.

Saddiq Bey is very much in that vein, stepping up in his sophomore year to average 16.1 points per game and shoot 45.1 percent from deep.

The 6-foot-8 forward has the look of an NBA player already. He is built up and able to finish through contact and above the rim. He used his strength a lot to overpower smaller players on drives and get to the basket.

More than that though, he is a pretty smart cutter. He has a good understanding of spacing and when to dive in for offensive rebounds or slash hard to the basket. This is important, especially if you are going to play off the ball.

So too is his shooting ability.

Bey was an incredibly efficient shooter at the college level. The question is whether he can repeat those results at the pro level. His shot is a little forced. He seemingly shoots from his chin and so his shot form could be a problem if his delivery and release remain slow.

His physical advantage will also be much lower at the pro level. He will not be able to bulldoze his way into the lane like he did at the collegiate level.

With his size, he might be better suited as a power forward than a small forward. That could help limit his exposure on the wing.

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But ultimately his success comes down to whether he can hit from the outside or not.