The Toronto Raptors are set to return to NBA action in late December, which is just around the corner and we can’t wait.
With the Toronto Raptors along with the other 29 teams in the league returning to action in late December, fans are at the edge of their seats just waiting for tip-off.
With the season just around the corner, we start to think about the endless possibilities that could happen next season for our favorite NBA teams.
In this case, we’re going to be going over three bold predictions for the Toronto Raptors next season.
3. Pascal Siakam Takes Another Huge Step Forward
2019-20 stats – 60 GP – 22.9 PPG – 7.3 RPG – 3.5 APG – .453 FG% – .359 3P% – .792 FT%
Career stats – 276 GP – 12.8 PPG – 5.6 RPG – 2.3 APG – .500 FG% – .334 3P% – .764 FT%
At my number three spot to start this list off of three bold predictions for the Toronto Raptors next season, I have Pascal Siakam taking another huge step forward in his development. This really isn’t much of a bold prediction compared to the other two that are on this list, however, it defiantly is unknown if Siakam will take another huge step in his development this coming season as he has already taken two big steps within the last two seasons on the Raptors.
We’ve seen Siakam take a major jump from the 2017-18 season to the 2018-19 season and it ended up making him the NBA’s MIP and then fast forward from the 2018-19 season to the 2019-20 season he takes another step forward leading the Toronto Raptors in PPG and improving his RPG and APG as well.
It wouldn’t be such a shot in the dark to assume he could take another step forward in his development as he’s going to be entering his fifth season and he’s still growing as a player, however in the playoffs this year we all witnessed that Siakam struggled to be that guy to carry his team to victory and actually be that first option on the court.
He was no doubt the team’s first option in the regular season as he led the team in PPG and was top of the team in almost everything else. Pascal Siakam improved his PPG by 9.6, his RPG by 2.4, his APG by 1.1, as well as improved all of his FG%, 3P%, FT%, BPG, and SPG in his third year compared to his second year.
So when I say another huge step I’m talking about he takes another step like this into his fifth year improving every single statistical category for a player. If somehow, someway that would happen we could potentially see a Siakam stat line of 28 PPG, 9 RPG, and 4.6 APG in his fifth year by just going off of how much of an improvement he had from year two to year three.
However, it more than likely won’t happen, but you never know what Siakam could do heading into the new season, after all, he did take a lot of heat after choking in the NBA bubble, he may come back even better than ever to prove a point. (Stats from Basketball-Reference.com)