Dio begins his spin around the league with a look at the Atlantic Division and its top international talent.
October 13, 2019, 4:49 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will rest Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell for Sunday's preseason game versus the Bulls.
Kyle Lowry will also sit this one out as his surgically repaired thumb needs a little more time. The reserves will get plenty of run and will be they are all in play as DFS candidates.
Source: Doug Smith on Twitter
October 8, 2019, 8:44 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had 24 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two triples, a steal and a block as the Raptors were able to beat the Rockets 134-129 in Tokyo on Tuesday morning.
Siakam did his damage in just 27 minutes while going 7-of-16 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity line. This is just an exhibition game but it’s clear that Siakam is about to become the centerpiece of the Raptors going forward. And drafting him in the late second round doesn’t look like a stretch anymore.
October 4, 2019, 11:28 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Shams Charania is reporting that Pascal Siakam is seeking a max contract in negotiations with the Raptors.
Siakam could get either a four-year, $130 million deal or a five-year, $170 million deal. Charania adds that Siakam wants to stay in Toronto, and all indications are that the Raptors want him to stay. The Raptors can also open up over $80 million in cap space next summer by holding off on a Siakam extension, and they would likely be happy to go full max if Siakam continues to improve this season without a deal right now. As it stands, this is not a contentious negotiation and it would be surprising if Siakam wasn't a Raptor for a long time — when that becomes official, and for how much, are the only things up in the air.
Source: The Athletic
September 28, 2019, 2:14 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Masai Ujiri on Pascal Siakam: “He's somebody that we're going to keep for a long time.”
The Raptors have until October 21 to extend Siakam this season or else they have to do it when he is a restricted free agent in the summer of 2020. Ujiri said that after speaking with Siakam's representation, he is confident a deal will get done whether it's this offseason or next. The feeling appears to be mutual as Siakam himself said he loves being in Toronto and hopes to get a deal done. Ujiri added that he expects Siakam to take another jump this year after finishing as a top-45 fantasy player last season with 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks with strong percentages.
June 24, 2019, 9:42 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam took home the Kia Most Improved Player Award, beating De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell.
This award was seemingly wrapped up back in November. Siakam exploded this season, improving significantly is every fantasy category (excluding turnovers). He finished the regular season with per-game averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on 54.9 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. His three-point percentage has increased from 14.3 to 22.0 to 36.9 as well. Whether or not Kawhi Leonard returns, Siakam should easily make his way into the top-40 ranks next season.
Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter
June 14, 2019, 12:20 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 6 win over the Warriors.
After missing 12 triples in a row, Siakam delivered in Game 6 from deep and added some more, playing a game-high 46 minutes. He was handed the task of guarding the Warriors' perimeter players while attacking the dreaded frontcourt of Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green and he delivered. His performance from deep helped open up the game and was a huge factor in Toronto's first NBA title.
June 11, 2019, 12:35 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam struggled in Monday night's loss as he put up just 12 points (6-for-15 FGs, 0-for-1 FTs), four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes.
Siakam is 0-for-12 on threes since his spectacular Game 1 performance. The Raptors nearly finished off the Warriors tonight, but they could really use another big game, or at least some corner threes from Siakam as they head to Oakland for Game 6.
June 8, 2019, 12:29 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in Friday night's win over the Warriors.
On an off night from Kyle Lowry, Siakam stepped up and helped shoulder some of the scoring load with Kawhi Leonard. So far in this series, when Siakam scores 18 or more points the Raptors win. He hopes to keep that trend alive in Monday's closeout Game 5.
June 6, 2019, 12:09 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 18 points with nine rebounds and six assists on 8-of-16 shooting in a win over the Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday.
He had a fantastic first quarter, but his performance dropped off for the remainder of the game. However, his unique skill set as a big man always keeps the defense on their toes. He had a team-high plus/minus of plus-22 in his 39 minutes on the court. Siakam played well in Games 1 and 3, which are obviously the two games that the Raptors won. Siakam will have to continue playing well, especially if the Warriors get Klay Thompson (hamstring) and Kevin Durant (calf) back for Game 4.
June 2, 2019, 11:25 pmPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam put up 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 5-of-18 shooting in a Game 2 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Siakam had an unreal performance in Game 1, so his significant drop-off could be one of the reasons that the Raptors could not take a 2-0 series lead. The Warriors switched matchups quite a bit all night long, but Siakam was not able to capitalize like he did in Game 1. He will look to regain momentum as the Raptors hit the road for Games 3 and 4.
May 31, 2019, 12:10 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors to a 118-109 win in Thursday's Game 1 with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting with eight boards, five assists, a steal, two blocks and two triples.
Siakam was on a tear at one point, hitting 12 shots in a row which lifted the Raptors in the third quarter and helped them maintain their lead. The Warriors still outscored the Raptors in the third, but Siakam nullified any large benefits from it. He's absolutely working the Warriors defenders just by sheer effort and energy and even though he logged the same amount of minutes (40) as Draymond Green, you wouldn't be able to tell just by watching the way they ran. The Raptors are going to need him to maintain this level of play if Kawhi Leonard continues to see those hard double teams.
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