Kawhi Leonard’s departure did not always leave sorrow. For Pascal Siakam, leaving was just a big opportunity. When Leonard is absent, he will take over the leadership of the team.
The Toronto Raptors also plan to release Siakam’s shackles. Head Coach Nick Nurse wants to give him more freedom and opportunity. In the game, Siakam is the main option for the Raptors.
“I think this situation should make it expand its role,” Nurse told the Toronto Star . “It might be our main option in attacking. Again the shots continued to grow. Even though it wasn’t part of the game a few years ago. He is more adequate now. He must be ready and take the opportunity. “
Siakam himself has practiced for it. He prepared himself this summer. Siakam trains how to process the ball and hone his mid-range shots on the field. Nurse assessed that the players are now more versatile.
“He is very flexible when carrying the ball. We will give him more freedom, more opportunities to continue to expand his game. He will be someone great, “Nurse said again.
In 2018-2019, Siakam has also proven its quality as an elite player in the NBA. He appeared in 80 matches with an average of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The overall percentage of shots (FG%) reaches 54.9 percent. Overall shot effectiveness (eFG%) 59.1 percent. While true shooting percentage (TS%) is 62.8 percent.
With such performance, the NBA also named him the Most Improved Player of the Year title. Siakam also managed to deliver the Raptors to be champions. He helped the team defeat the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the NBA Finals.
Next season, the Raptors will perform without Leonard. The Forwarda has become a big reason for the team from Toronto to win the title. However, Siakam’s contribution cannot be ruled out. He will prove it next season. (put)