Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, and OG Anunoby stands above the rest

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Pascal Siakam

Now, before we get into this, Siakam’s performances from the past few games have only really been a minor down. That’s a minor down and nothing more, keep that in mind. Saying that, Siakam’s performances have been less than ideal this past week.

He put up fairly okay box numbers, averaging 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 1.3 blocks per game, but shooting a below-average 41-percent from the field and 21-percent from three-point range.

Siakam is the fulcrum of the Toronto Raptors offense, and if that’s the case, these sorts of weeks need to be far and few between them if they want to keep their head above water. The Raptors, who were league leaders in three-point percentage during a large part of the season, have fallen during their last five games, ranking dead last in three-point percentage and 29th in offensive rating.

You don’t need to be an analytics guy to understand that something isn’t working at the moment. That can come back to Siakam too, defenses are making him settle for jump shots, and while his shooting has improved, it’s still a work in progress and it can’t be his go-to option. Not yet.

The questions that were raised about him at the start of the season are maybe starting to take shape, but don’t let that take anything away from what Siakam has done up until this point. He is still a superstar, this was just a tough run of games.