Pascal Siakam speaks out on idea of taking over as face of the Raptors
Siakam spoke about the idea and said he doesn’t want to get too carried away with all the chatter, per Josh Lewenberg os TSN Sports. Instead, he wants his game to do all the talking.
Siakam on becoming the next face of the franchise: "I really don't focus on that to be honest. I don't want to sound like I'm too humble, I just want to continue to get better & I think basketball will speak for it. If I go out there & ball out then we can talk about it later"
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) September 28, 2019
That’s exactly what he did last season. Siakam made a quantum leap last season that saw him take home the 2019 Most Improved Player award.
He followed up his magnificent regular season with a great postseason run to help the Raptors win their first ever NBA championship.
The 25-year old showcased a refined offensive game and a better looking stroke from beyond the arc in his third NBA season. He more than doubled his scoring output in 2018-19 to 16.9 PPG from 7.3 PPG the year before. He was extremely efficient, as well, as he shot 54.9 percent from the field and improved drastically from beyond the arc at 36.9 percent.
Clearly, Siakam flourished in his role as the number two scoring option behind reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. But with the two-way superstar bolting the Raptors for Southern California to play for the L.A. Clippers, Siakam should now take the reigns in Toronto.
Siakam had some spot opportunities to be the main man in Toronto throughout the 2018-19 regular season. The Raptors placed Leonard in the load management program to keep him fresh for the postseason. In those games, the Raptors ran their offense more with the Cameroonian as their first option.
The Raptors are hoping that Siakam can improve further this season. Team president Masai Ujiri believes that his diamond in the rough can replicate his jump from a season ago. They will certainly need him to do so if they want to competitively defend their title next season.