Raptors coach Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam’s next step is to become ‘The Man’
Reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is now out of the picture, which leaves a clear path for Siakam to take over as Toronto’s main man. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse seems to be on the same boat, with the incoming second-year shot-caller demanding a lot more from his new star for the coming season:
“I just think his next step in progression is being ‘The Man,’” Nurse told William Lou of Yahoo Sports Canada. “Instead of being a complementary guy next to ‘The Man,’ he’s gotta be ‘The Man’ — the primary scorer and the primary option and the late-game scorer.”
Nurse is obviously not joking around here, and he has put a ton of pressure on the shoulders of Siakam with his statement here. Nonetheless, it’s not as if this will come as a surprise for the 25-year-old. Judging by the promise he showed last season, this is definitely something Siakam can live up to.
Nurse went on to say that while he believes the 6-foot-9 power forward still has quite a long journey ahead of him, Siakam has the makings of becoming a great player:
“There’s lots of little steps left to climb yet for him,” Nurse said of Siakam, “And I think the sky’s the limit.”
Last season, Siakam averaged 16.9 points (on 54.9 percent shooting), 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks, while also shooting 36.9 percent on 3-pointers. There is a very good chance that the Cameroon international makes further strides in the coming season.