In the few seasons Pascal Siakam has played in the NBA, he has already established himself as a key player within the Raptors and the league as a whole. He was named the 2018-2019 Most Improved Player and has continued to grow since then.
As this graphic demonstrates, Siakam has demonstrated consistent progression and growth of skill. He even played in the All-Star game this year.
Over the past four years, Siakam has nearly sextupled his points-per-game. He began his NBA career in the 2016-2017 season averaging 4.2 ppg and this season he has been averaging 23.5 ppg.
However, in the Raptors most recent game facing the Denver Nuggets, fans and critics alike were commenting on Siakam’s struggle.
Despite this, the general fanbase has been understanding of his struggle. They recognize how as a new player who is rocketing to stardom, he will have bad games. As with all players, each game is a learning experience.
An interesting comparison is between Siakam and Kawhi Leonard’s first four seasons playing. Leonard currently boasts a 27 ppg average in the 2019-2020 season compared to Siakam’s 23.5.
Interestingly, Siakam has shown more immediate growth within his first few years than Leonard. Perhaps this is an indicator of the level Siakam could achieve, if he continues to improve as rapidly as he has been in these first few seasons.