In his third season, Siakam has provided Toronto with some unexpected veteran poise nobody saw coming. And now, Pascal may be in line to complete his breakout season with a strong NBA Championship series. Pascal Siakam has spent the last six weeks providing the Toronto Raptors with some of the best performances of his career. We all saw flashes throughout the season — from his 44-point explosion in February against the Wizards, to his sustained Most Improved Player-level of play, right on up to his team-leading 30 points in a Game 3 victory over the Magic. In his first postseason as a key starter, Siakam is averaging nearly 19 points on 46 percent from the field, while starting all 18 games. And now the Raptors are in the NBA Finals.
This is just his third year in the league, and he’s arguably the Raptors’ second best player next to Kawhi Leonard, perhaps swapping places with Kyle Lowry in the odd game here and there. He’s not only been the team’s most consistent supporting option, he’s been a brick wall on the defensive end. Siakam has managed — despite incredible attention from defensive juggernauts like Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo — to post double-digit scoring …
Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ