Toronto Raptors dominant November key to season-long success

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Player of the Month

Even though many players were worthy of winning this award, Pascal Siakam was playing on another level during the month of November. Siakam has all eyes on him being the primary go-to scorer for the Toronto Raptors. Even with the defensive attention, he still produced points and played effective defense as well. His offensive onslaught in November helped him secure the player of the month award.

In November, Siakam scored 30 or more points in 4 games, and he tied his career-high of 44 against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 8th. He averaged 24 points a game on 44-percent shooting and 35-percent from three the past month.

He has shown his improved ballhandling and shooting, which has expanded his game and made him almost to defend. His rebounding has also seen improvement, helping him get a double-double six times this month. Siakam’s scoring has been a key part of the Raptors’ early success, as he’s led the team in points six of the Raptors’ ten wins this month.

Siakam’s playmaking is also worth noting. The point forward averaged four assists per game in November. He has been able to make smart and efficient plays, finding the open teammate and setting them up for shots.

Siakam’s play has been so amazing that he is already getting some MVP chatter. It’s still very early in the season, but Spicy-P has earned that recognition. He has been the consistent force for Toronto despite the injuries they have had to overcome. He has evolved once again giving coaches nightmares with his newly developed skillset.

Siakam has been so good, it’s fair to wonder if he can actually win back to back Most Improved player awards. It’s never been done, but Siakam is making a strong case to repeat.

If Siakam keeps up this pace, he will continue to gain even more attention and recognition. He has taken the role of leader and ran with it, getting the Raptors off to a great start early in the season.