The Toronto Raptors were one of the NBA’s surprise teams last season, led by Pascal Siakam and Rookie of the Year winner Scottie Barnes. Siakam led The 6 in scoring with 22.8 points per game last season.
Over the years, Siakam has been questioned if he can be a true first option. He’s improved in every aspect of his game, winning the 2019 Most Improved Player Award.
Siakam has been putting in work at the gym this offseason, and Coach Nick Nurse has taken notice of Siakam’s summer work.
“(Siakam) looks absolutely spectacular,” Nurse said at his charity golf event. “You sit there, and you watch him work out; his athleticism is electric, his focus, his shot is smooth and soft. He looks great.” added Nurse.
Siakam will look to take the step to superstar status next season to prove he can lead a team to the NBA Finals. With the positive reinforcement from Nurse and the supporting cast to go with it, Siakam and Toronto could have all the tools to succeed.