Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Siakam broke out during his third year in the league, winning the 2018-19 Most Improved Player award. He became a full-time starter and saw his usage rise to 23.1 percent from 14.4 percent the previous season. Across his 80 appearances, he averaged 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 31.9 minutes. Siakam was extremely efficient in the process, ranking 16th in the NBA in true shooting percentage (62.8). He put together some big games, dropping at least 30 points on five occasions, plus a 40-point outing, as well as accumulating 18 games with double-digit rebounds and 17 games with more than four assists. With Kawhi Leonard leaving the Raptors over the offseason to play with the Clippers, Siakam may be in line for another leap forward. With Leonard off the court last season, Siakam averaged 20.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a combined 1.9 steals/blocks per 36 minutes. It's possible Siakam's efficiency will suffer on a worse version of Toronto, but he should be one of the main offensive options alongside Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.45 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2016. Raptors exercised $1.54 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Raptors exercised $2.35 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Out Sunday
FToronto Raptors
October 13, 2019
Siakam will be rested for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
The Raptors will rest Siakam, Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell, so expect a number of backups to be in position for increased roles.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After playing just 55 games as a rookie, Siakam saw his role grow in his second season in Toronto. He averaged a career-high 20.7 minutes, while adding 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 81 games. He finished with a 50.8 percent clip from the field and while he attempted to extend his range (29 attempts), the experiment didn't exactly go well and he shot just 22.0 percent from three-point land. Still, Siakam provided plenty of energy and has a ton of athleticism, so the Raptors could try and tap into that more during the upcoming season. The third-year big man does appear to have an opportunity for more playing time following the organization's big offseason. DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl were traded to the Spurs in exchange for superstar Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Poeltl's departure, specifically, should afford Siakam more frontcourt minutes considering the Raptors didn't bring any bigs back in the deal. While Siakam will need to continue to develop his shot and become a much more productive three-point shooter, the added workload could boost his numbers elsewhere across the stat sheet and he'll have every chance to take the next step forward in his development. However, his Fantasy expectations shouldn't be too high and he'll still likely be avoidable in all but the deepest of leagues.
Siakam was drafted out New Mexico State with the 27th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and saw plenty of opportunities to contribute during his rookie campaign. The 23-year-old end up starting 38 of the 55 games he played in, but struggled mightily to make much of an impact and averaged just 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds across 15.6 minutes. Due to his struggles, the Raptors ended up scaling down his playing time as the season wore down and after the Raptors added both P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline, Siakam was essentially a non-factor in the team's regular rotation. Other than Tucker, the Raptors have nearly the exact same roster from a season ago, as they re-signed both Kyle Lowry and Ibaka. That means Siakam is going to be stuck in a reserve role yet again, so it's unlikely he'll see improvement on his rookie year numbers unless an injury occurs higher up on the depth chart. Look for Siakam to battle both Lucas Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl for minutes off the bench in the frontcourt.
Siakam, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of New Mexico State, was the Raptors' second first-round selection of the 2016 NBA Draft, settling in as the No. 27 overall selection. Siakam turned in impressive averages of 20.4 points (on 53.6% shooting from the field), 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game last season, though as a small-school product, the big man's numbers carry the stigma of mostly coming against low-level competition. His draft stock didn't really begin to take off until he shined during the measurements portion of the NBA Combine. Siakam checked in with a huge 7-foot-3.25 wingspan, and that coupled with the non-stop hustle he displayed in workouts and games would seemingly make him a good candidate to eventually serve as a rotational big man at the next level. While Siakam's physical advantages worked for him against shorter players in college, he could have trouble exerting his will in the NBA, particularly on the offensive end. With Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson in the fold to handle the bulk of the minutes at power forward, Siakam won't be asked to see regular time as a rookie. However, since neither of those veterans are under contract beyond 2016-17, Siakam could have a clear path to a rotation spot as soon as next season, but his ceiling is fairly limited as a player more reliant on effort than raw talent.
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Scores 16 in loss
FToronto Raptors
October 10, 2019
Siakam scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-4 FT) to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's preseason game against the Rockets.
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Puts up double-double
FToronto Raptors
October 8, 2019
Siakam had 24 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3PT, 8-8 FT) and 11 rebounds in Tuesday's preseason win over Houston.
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Big double-double in win
FToronto Raptors
June 13, 2019
Siakam totaled 26 points (10-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block across 46 minutes in the Raptors' win over the Warriors on Thursday.
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Solid effort in Game 5 loss
FToronto Raptors
June 11, 2019
Siakam delivered 12 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 34 minutes during the Raptors' 106-105 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
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Scores 19 points in Game 4 win
FToronto Raptors
June 8, 2019
Siakam ended with 19 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 41 minutes during Friday's 105-92 victory over the Warriors.
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