Setting aside last night’s disaster, Pascal Siakam had a marvellous and surprising season for the Raptors, improving in ways thought to be both possible and impossible in just his third year in the league. It can be hard to consider this now, given where the Raptors find themselves at the moment, but let’s remember anyway: Pascal Siakam had himself a dang season in 2018-19. All that effort by the 25-year-old do-it-all Toronto forward has paid off this year, both in team success and now some individual accolades.
Last night the official nominations for the NBA’s awards were announced and, as expected, Siakam was among the nominees for Most Improved Player. He is the only Raptor on any ballot for this season.
The three finalists for #KiaMIP… @swipathefox, @Dloading, and @pskills43!The 2019 #NBAAwards air 6/24, 9:00pm/et on TNT! pic.twitter.com/oE4ahe191C— NBA (@NBA) May 17, 2019
Through 80 appearances, Siakam averaged 16.9 points on 55 percent shooting (plus a surprising 37 percent from three), to go with 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 31.9 minutes per game. All of these numbers represent significant jumps over the previous year, and all of them happened as Siakam’s usage rate went from 15 to 20 percent, his role …
Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ