3 Raptors set for enhanced roles once Pascal Siakam trade is finalized

A Siakam trade could change the Raptors' whole operation.

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2. SF RJ Barrett

While Immanuel Quickley may end up being the more important player of the two due to his status as the unofficial point guard of the future, the allegedly "bland" Barrett's improved offensive play as a starter on the new team has to have this coaching staff imagining a future where he is a key wing player for years to come.

Barrett has averaged 19.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in eight games with the Raptors despite having a four-point game mixed in there. Barrett has taken a sharp step forward from the 3-point line after being traded from the Knicks, which has been one of the main reasons his offense has been boosted to this degree.

RJ Barrett could be a long-term piece for the Toronto Raptors.

Siakam's ability to, using the common parlance, get buckets in the half-court might be what the team misses the most in the immediate future, and Barrett might be the best scorer in similar situations currently on the roster. While some wondered about his long-term ceiling, no one ever questioned his offensive skills.

Barrett is still just 23 years old, giving Toronto some hope they could be in for his best seasons in the next couple of campaigns. While playing like Siakam is a hard bar to clear, Barrett should at least make up for some of the scoring as Barnes tries to gradually elevate his overall game.