NBA History: 5 Greatest Toronto Raptors players since 2010
- These players have played a key role in the success of the Toronto-based franchise.
#4 Pascal Siakam (Power Forward)
Pascal Siakam was a late first-round pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 NBA Draft. His status now as 2019’s Most Improved Player in the NBA and his ascendancy to the franchise's No.2 scoring option behind Kawhi Leonard was not expected. With last season's Finals MVP now moving to the Los Angeles Clippers, Siakam is the most exciting Raptors player to watch out for in the upcoming season.
For a power forward, he has great speed, ball-handling capabilities, a back to the basket and wing game, and this past season started to show consistency shooting from the three-point arc.
Siakam did start 38 games in his rookie season averaging 4.2ppg and 3.4rpg in just over 15mpg. In his sophomore season, while he only started five games, his numbers improved averaging 7.3ppg and 4.5rpg in just over 20mpg.
However, his third season not only ended with him and the team winning the NBA Championship, but Siakam also played a significant role all season in 2018/19 as Kawhi Leonard’s offensive support. Siakam, this past season, averaged 16.9ppg and 6.9rpg.
During Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Siakam scored 32 points in what was a surprise victory for the Toronto Raptors. With his game improving by leaps and bounds, Siakam now enters his fourth season (the last of his rookie deal) in 2019/20 fresh off of being named the NBA’s MIP and a champion.
At 24 years of age, his bargaining power for a new rich contract is at an all-time high and he deserves to be rewarded.Published 18 Aug 2019, 14:01 IST