Raptors’ Kyle Lowry thinks Pascal Siakam is ‘going to make another jump’
Pascal Siakam is coming off a rousing third-year campaign that netted him the Most Improved Player award. Now, the MIP must make another jump, going from second option to the go-to player for the Toronto Raptors — a jump veteran point guard Kyle Lowry already expects.
Lowry, who just agreed to a one-year, $31 million extension, has the unequivocal belief that his young teammate will be able to improve even more over the course of the 2019-20 season:
“I think Pascal is going to make another jump. I think he’s going to improve immensely,” said Lowry, according to The Globe And Mail.
“His talent is so much, the sky’s the limit for Pascal. And for me, my job to help him is to keep him going, put him in good spots to be successful. But sometimes just get out of his way and let him be great.”
Siakam will now have more shots and opportunities at his disposal, no longer limited by being buried under Kawhi Leonard on the priority list. The 6-foot-9 dynamic forward could be playing for his long-term future if he doesn’t sign an extension before the season. Siakam is looking for a max extension worth around $170 million over five years.
Raptors brass is likely anxious to see some added progress before committing such a large amount on a player with only one year of sample size that would warrant such hefty compensation. Toronto is hoping Siakam indeed makes that jump again this season, as it would give them a future franchise player to build around.