Subscribe to Toronto for all the latest and greatest stories. Hey you! As for Pascal, he hears the comparisons, but he's made it clear that he prefers to stay in his own lane, as he told reporters: I mean, obviously, just being in that conversation is definitely flattering, but like I always said -- and for me, I think I've always tried to be myself and be the player that I want to be. While Siakam is very capable of making plays in transition and in some halfcourt situations, Toronto is at its best when he relieves pressure as a scoring threat. But he was at least pursued by New Mexico State University; the Aggies' coach had Siakam on his radar since his pipeline of connections spanned several continents and his roster reserved fourteen spots for foreign-born players. [2], Siakam enrolled at New Mexico State University in 2013. But players have stepped up incredibly so far, and, in fact, Raptors fans are making a Pascal Siakam-DeMar DeRozan comparison that shows just how far the team has come. Siakam would later help the Raptors claim an NBA championship in 2019 while winning the league's Most Improved Player Award in the same season, the first player to win both during the same season. [8] He surpassed his previous career-high on 29 October 2018, by posting 22 points during a 124–109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. I don't want to be the next Draymond Green. According to the Toronto Star, in the 2017-18 season, Siakam averaged around 7.3 points a game. And it looks like Raptors fans' love for Siakam might be more than just for his game. [31] On 23 January 2020, Siakam was selected to his first career All-Star nod, being named a starter in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram. Siakam initially had little interest in basketball in stark contrast to his older brothers, all of whom earned scholarships with the sport to various NCAA Division I colleges. Pascal Siakam: Years 1-3 Age G GS PTS REB AST 2016-17 22 55 38 4.2 3.4 0.3 2017-18 23 81 5 7.3 4.5 2.0 2018-19 24 80 79 16.9 6.9 3.1 A seemingly-sudden rise of … I want to be Pascal. Pascal Siakam (born 2 April 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Kerr would know, as he made Green a starter in his first year as head coach, paving the way for his breakout season. He also matched his career-highs in both offensive rebounds and made free throws, and set a new career-high in field goals attempted. [22] In Game 6, Siakam converted 18 points for his part in the 100–94 win over Milwaukee; the victory clinched the series and propelled the Raptors to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. While at this prep school, Siakam was neither widely known nor initially eligible. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs. [1] His three older brothers, Boris, Christian, and James, all played NCAA Division I basketball in the United States—Boris at Western Kentucky, Christian at IUPUI, and James at Vanderbilt. His father died in a car crash in October 2014. NBA Finals 2019: While Draymond Green comparisons are 'flattering,' Pascal Siakam wants to be his own player The parallels between the first three years of their respective careers are hard to ignore but ahead of his first Finals appearance, Siakam has already found a way to establish his own identity as a player. Siakam is well on his way to becoming a much different type of player than Green, and their numbers support contrasting approaches to the game. A contributing factor may be that Siakam's PPG increase is actually considerably more than the improvement DeRozan registered between his time as an NBA rookie and an All-Star.