1. Pascal Siakam’s health and status
Siakam, who had been one of the durable stars in this league before the season from hell last year, is scheduled to get his season properly started around November, as he is recovering from a shoulder operation in June that usually takes around five months to fully heal from.
All eyes will be on Siakam, as fans may finally get an accurate picture of how far along he is in his rehab. Will he be able to suit up as soon as opening night against the Washington Wizards thanks to some tremendous healing capabilities? Or will fans have to sit through several weeks of Siakam-less games?
How healthy will Pascal Siakam be?
With a No. 4 pick in Barnes that will play a lot of power forward and one of the best bench players in the East in Chris Boucher, Toronto is well-equipped to deal with a player like Siakam missing a short period of time. If this extends deep into the season, however, that could be problematic.
Considering that we haven’t heard a ton from the organization or Siakam himself on how far along he is in the process, we may be able to get some more formal updates on how far along he is. Siakam is the key to Toronto returning to the playoffs this season, and Toronto needs to do everything possible to get him back and healthy.