Raptors’ Pascal Siakam sets career-high vs. Wizards
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam’s breakout season has truly been remarkable, and on Wednesday night, he put forth the best performance of his career, dropping 44 points in a win over the Washington Wizards.
Siakam also added 10 rebounds, three blocks, and made 15 of his 25 shots, draining four three-pointers and going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
On the season overall, Siakam is averaging 15.6 points, seven rebounds, 2.8 assists, and one steal over 31.5 minutes per game while shooting 55.1 percent from the floor, 34.1 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the free-throw line.
The 24-year-old was originally selected by the Raptors in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
He played in 55 games and made 38 starts during his rookie campaign, registering 4.2 points and 3.4 boards across 15.6 minutes a night in a limited role while making 50.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and 68.8 percent of his foul shots.
Then, last season, Siakam showed marked improvement, playing in 81 games and recording 7.3 points, 4.5 boards, and two assists through 20.7 minutes per game, connecting on 50.8 percent of his shots, 22 percent of his long-distance tries, and 62.1 percent of his free throws.
While many felt Siakam would develop into a very solid three-and-D type of guy, not many people expected him to break out in the way he has this year, as he has arguably been Toronto’s second-best player behind Kawhi Leonard this season.
The Raptors have now won six games in a row and improved to 43-16 on the year, good for second place in the Eastern Conference. They will now head into the All-Star break.