The Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam is developing into a star player this season and it couldn’t have come at a better time. They have needed his production and his defense to win in the now-competitive Eastern Conference.
This season, Siakam is averaging 16.3 points per game and 7 rebounds per game. Those numbers are impressive and one of the reasons the Raptors are having a great season. After Kawhi Leonard’s production, Siakam is the Raptors second scoring option. Without his production, the Raptors would not be as good as they are.
The reason why the Raptors really needed Siakam to step up this year is because Kyle Lowry hasn’t been scoring like his usual self. And that may be the best thing for the team. Lowry is averaging 14.4 points per game this season. That is his lowest scoring average since the 2012-2013 season, his first season with the Raptors.
But as I stated, it may be the team’s salvation. In the past, Lowry has struggled to score in the playoffs. He doesn’t show up when needed and that has hurt the Raptors. Now, Lowry isn’t the top two scoring options and will benefit from the lack of attention he receives. He also won’t be required to score 20 points a game for the Raptors to win. Siakam can now carry that burden and he is more than capable of doing that.
Lowry might not be scoring but he is passing the ball well this year. He is averaging 9.2 assists per game, a career high. He is still impacting the game at a high level and players like Siakam benefit when Lowry is always trying to find them. This new look Raptors team will be fun to watch in the playoff because this team is unlike any other. They play team ball and when Siakam has breakout games, they are almost unbeatable.