Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, and Pascal Siakam in the MVP hunt

Toronto Raptors - Pascal Siakam (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Pascal Siakam

Look, we get it. Pascal Siakam is a star so let’s just stop talking about it.

Said no one ever. Let’s milk this one until there’s no oxygen left on Earth. Pascal Siakam is an undisputed star and is in rarified air. The fact that he is in MIP contention once again should really mean he is good enough to be in the MVP conversation, right?

Right.

Siakam’s stats from the last three games are certainly MVP contention-like numbers if we’re being honest. In the last three games, Siakam averaged 30 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game, shooting 54-percent from the field, 55-percent from three, and 83-percent from the line.

In short, Siakam has a true shooting percentage of 67-percent in his last three. If you’re not keeping count, I’ll do the maths for you. Yikes. Those numbers are good. Better yet, those numbers are just darn incredible. The jump from the second option to the first option is complete and it was a seamless transition.

Siakam has confidence in his jump shot, we’ve watched him knock down crafty mid-range jumpers and stepback three-pointers, and he does it like he’s been doing it all of his life. The Philadephia 76ers, who stuck Joel Embiid on Siakam in the playoffs to neutralise him, barely took that approach once again; a sign that they respect Siakam’s jump shot even more.

That layup against the Sixers in the final seconds of the game was as clutch as you can get, but he followed it up with the swatting of a home run ball to seal the game was even better, and he rounded it all off with a dunk in the final second as time expired before posing with his arms out.

The city is Siakam’s. Nay, the world is Siakam’s. Let us all bask in his glory.

VERDICT: STOCK UP

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Until next Friday, where we await even more success from the reigning, defending NBA champions. See you all then.