Pascal Siakam has taken his role on the Toronto Raptors to another level.
Siakam has been playing some of his best basketball we’ve ever seen from him this season. Last night, he displayed a stellar performance against the No. 1 defensive team in the NBA -Milwaukee Bucks- and led the Raptors in points with 28, along with three rebounds, three assists, and one block.
Pascal Siakam is putting in WORK tonight! 💪
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 1, 2019
In last night’s loss to the Bucks, Siakam played like he was the leader of the team. Siakam displayed a nice defensive steal which led to an offensive rebound and put-back for the score. When Siakam is playing with momentum, he is very mobile and a tough opponent to go against.
Siakam is averaging a career-high 15.2 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game. During the month of January, Siakam averaged 17 points per game and shot a team’s second best 52%. On the year, he is shooting a career-high 33 percent from behind the three and 56 percent from the field.
Siakam has taken many steps throughout his career to get to where he is now on the Raptors. His rookie season consisted only of 55 games and played half the minutes he does now. This year, Siakam has started all but one of the 52 games and has not given us any reason why he should not be starting when he is being very effective with his minutes.
Some players that made the East reserves include Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons, Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo, and Siakam’s teammate Kyle Lowry. With Oladipo absent from his potential season-ending leg injury, a spot is open in the All-Star Game. Siakam can fill that spot because he has proven so far this season why he should be a candidate.