Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is rising/falling, plus a Siakam career-high

Toronto Raptors - Pascal Siakam (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Pascal Siakam – Stock Up

Career-high number seven for Pascal Siakam this week, who dropped 44-points in the win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Imagine telling someone stuck in 2016 that Siakam had dropped a forty-burger. They would not believe you.

Alas, that’s exactly what happened. Siakam made his case for Most Improved Player and that award shouldn’t be in any doubt.

Pascal is averaging 16.1 points, seven rebounds and just under three assists per game, and solidified his position as the Raptors third most important player moving forward.

His unique combination of size and speed makes him a match-up nightmare for anyone who guards him. Siakam is too fast for most power forwards who try to guard him and conversely, he’s too strong for guards who are switched on to him.

Siakam had equaled his career-high by the end of the third quarter against the Wizards and was destined to break his own record once again. His three-point shooting, once a facet of his play that stuck out like a sore thumb, has improved greatly this season.

Siakam was a 22-percent shooter from the great beyond last season, this season, Siakam has increased to a 34-percent shooter this year, while doubling his threes taken.

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His improved shooting was on full display against the Wizards, Siakam was 80-percent from three, 4-5 to be more precise. Siakam was 0-4 in the two games prior but the threes are more of a regular occurrence than before. He’s becoming a man before our very eyes. What a night.

What a player.