Pascal Siakam averaged 21.4 points per game for the Toronto Raptors a year ago across 56 games. A shoulder injury and then surgery cut his season short and the injury will drag into this season as well.
On Monday, there appeared to be an updated timeline on Siakam's return to the floor for the Raptors.
My understanding is a ball park target for a Siakam return from shoulder surgery is US Thanksgiving: https://t.co/ivuiF7q98u
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) September 27, 2021
A Thanksgiving return for Siakam, or somewhere around that time frame, would mean he's likely to miss the first month of the season for the Raptors.
Toronto had an interesting offseason that started when they moved up in the NBA Draft Lottery and eventually took Scottie Barnes out of Florida State with the No. 4 overall pick.
Perhaps the biggest switch for the Raptors was saying goodbye to Kyle Lowry, arguably the most accomplished player in the franchise's history. Lowry is now in Miami with the Heat and Toronto is looking to build around some of their younger pieces now.
The Raptors came up short on the playoffs last year and expectations for this season are somewhat tempered, at least externally.
Head coach Nick Nurse will rely heavily on players like Siakam and Fred VanVleet as Malachi Flynn and Barnes continue to settle in.
Getting Siakam back will be a huge boost for the Raptors and the hope is that he picks up where he left off before the shoulder injury. If it's that version of Siakam that Toronto is getting, they can really sneak up on some teams in the Eastern Conference.