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Pascal Siakam has been named D-League Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19.
Siakam averaged 18.0 points on 56.4% shooting, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks over the Raptors 905’s perfect 3-0 week, and this is a nice pat on the back for a player that is making the most of an opportunity to improve. Siakam could have been slightly discouraged by the demotion after starting 38 times for the parent club.
I mentioned in yesterday’s recap that Siakam has been playing with positive intent on offence, always looking to attack and score in a variety of ways. He hasn’t been shy at all, even taking more shots than Jakob Poeltl against the Austin Spurs on Monday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre. He has scored off post-ups, mid-range jumpers, and the odd three-pointer, and will be a huge asset to Jerry Stackhouse’s club if he remains with the club for the playoffs.
The 905 are strong contenders for the D-League title having just clinched the Eastern Conference’s top seed and Central Division title, and his presence would only boost their chances. With Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson, and P.J. Tucker eating up most of the minutes at the four for the senior club, it’s entirely conceivable that Siakam could be a key component in the 905’s postseason.
905’s Brady Heslip also received consideration, but Siakam probably took the edge after Heslip’s quiet evening yesterday.
For the Toronto Raptors and Masai Ujiri, this only continues to validate the decision to bring a D-League franchise under their control, where the development of their players can be made a top priority.
— Raptors 905 (@Raptors905) March 20, 2017