Pascal Siakam

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Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam 2018.jpg
Siakam in 2018
No. 43 – Toronto Raptors
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-04-02) April 2, 1994 (age 24)
Douala, Cameroon
Nationality Cameroonian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school God's Academy (Lewisville, Texas)
College New Mexico State (2014–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present Toronto Raptors
2017 Raptors 905
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After attending New Mexico State University and playing basketball for the Aggies, Siakam was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.

Early life

Siakam was born in Douala, Cameroon to Tchamo and Victorie Siakam as the youngest of four brothers. Siakam's father worked at a local transit company and was also the mayor of Makénéné. Siakam initially planned to become a Catholic priest, but had grown to love the game of basketball. Siakam was discovered as a player by Luc Mbah a Moute at a local Basketball Without Borders camp. With Mbah a Moute as a mentor, Siakam moved to the United States at the age of 16. Siakam moved from one camp to the next to become a better professional basketball player before settling in Lewisville, Texas. He spent a year at God's Academy in Lewisville, due to previously being labeled ineligible for play,[1] before being recruited by New Mexico State University.

College career

Siakam first attended New Mexico State University in 2013. However, because of an injury, he redshirted the 2013–14 season. During his redshirted freshman year at New Mexico State in 2014–15, Siakam was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 34 games in 2015–16 en route to unanimous Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors.[2]

On April 19, 2016, Siakam declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[3]

Professional career

Toronto Raptors (2016–present)

On June 23, 2016, Siakam was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. On July 9, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Raptors.[4] On October 26, 2016, Siakam became the first Toronto rookie to start a season opener since Jonas Valančiūnas in 2012, and rose to the occasion, hauling in nine rebounds to go along with four points in 21 minutes in a 109–91 win over the Detroit Pistons.[5] On December 3, 2016, he scored a season-high 14 points in a 128–84 win over the Atlanta Hawks.[6] On January 1, 2017, he recorded a season-high 10 rebounds in a 123–114 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.[6] Siakam started at power forward in all 34 games to start the 2016–17 season before being replaced in the starting line-up by Lucas Nogueira on January 5, 2017.[7] During his rookie season, Siakam received multiple assignments to Raptors 905, Toronto's D-League affiliate.[8] In April 2017, he helped Raptors 905 win the NBA Development League Championship. They defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 2–1, as Siakam averaged 23.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the series. He was subsequently named the NBA D-League Finals MVP for his performance.[9]

On October 26, 2017, Siakam scored a career-high 20 points against the Golden State Warriors.[10] The next day, he dropped 18 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.[11] On February 8, 2018, Siakam added a career-high six assists against the New York Knicks.[12] In Game 6 of the Raptors' first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Siakam had 11 points and eight rebounds in a 102–92 series-clinching win.[13]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Toronto 55 38 15.6 .502 .143 .688 3.4 .3 .5 .8 4.2
2017–18 Toronto 81 5 20.7 .508 .220 .621 4.5 2.0 .8 .5 7.3
Career 136 43 18.7 .506 .216 .639 4.0 1.3 .6 .6 6.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Toronto 2 0 5.0 .000 1.5 .5 .5 .0 .0
2018 Toronto 10 0 17.9 .610 .750 .650 3.6 .8 .1 .6 6.6
Career 12 0 15.8 .581 .750 .650 3.3 .8 .2 .5 5.5

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 New Mexico State 34 27 30.8 .572 .000 .759 7.7 1.3 .8 1.8 12.8
2015–16 New Mexico State 34 34 34.6 .539 .200 .678 11.6 1.7 1.0 2.2 20.3
Career 68 61 32.7 .551 .176 .711 9.7 1.5 .9 2.0 16.6

Personal life

Siakam is the son of Tchamo Siakam, the former mayor of Makénéné, Cameroon, and Victorie Siakam. His father, Tchamo, died in a car crash in October 2014. His three older brothers, Boris, Christian, and James, all played college basketball in the United States.[14] The last of his brothers is now a professional basketball player for the Island Storm in the NBL Canada.

References

  1. ^ NMSU's Pascal Siakam honors his late father by #DoingItForYou
  2. ^ WAC Men’s Basketball Postseason Honors Announced
  3. ^ Pascal Siakam declares for 2016 NBA Draft
  4. ^ "Raptors Sign First Round Picks Poeltl & Siakam". NBA.com. July 9, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "DeRozan's 40 leads Raptors to 109-91 win over Pistons". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Pascal Siakam 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lowry scores 33, rallies Raptors to 101-93 win over Jazz". ESPN.com. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Stackhouse, Raptors 905 Cap Historic Season With NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 27, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Smith, Doug (2017-10-26). "Raptors had the shots, but fall short in loss to Warriors". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  11. ^ Smith, Doug (2017-10-28). "Raptors' Pascal Siakam hopes to make decisions difficult when everyone is healthy". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  12. ^ Harrison, Ian (February 8, 2018). "Valanciunas, Raptors beat short-handed Knicks 113-88". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
  13. ^ "Down at half, Lowry's 24, bench help Raps top Wiz 102-92". ESPN.com. April 27, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  14. ^ New Mexico State's Pascal Siakam Is the Best Player You've Never Heard of

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Pascal Siakam at nmstatesports.com
  • Siakam hoping to fulfill his late father's NBA dream
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