Raptors’ Siakam Cashes in on New Contract

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has agreed to a new four-year contract worth the $130 million maximum rookie contract extension. With last year’s NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard off to Los Angeles and now with the Clippers, Siakam is the Raptors future.

Siakam is one of the great success stories in the NBA. He did not start playing organized basketball until he was 16 years old. He was discovered in Cameroon by former NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute who helped Siakam get to the United States where he eventually wound up at New Mexico State University.

The 6-foot-9-inch Siakam redshirted his first season and then won the WAC Player of the Year in 2015-16 after he averaged 20.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game. He entered the NBA draft in 2016 and was selected 27th overall by Toronto.

Siakam was a project. His first season in the league he was a role player playing just 15 minutes per game. In 2017-18, he came off the bench and average 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in about 21 minutes a game. Last year, he blossomed into the type of player that Raptors scouts believed he could Siakam averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.

He was even better in the NBA Finals where he scored 19.8 points, grabbed 7.5 rebounds, and dished out 3.5 assists per game as the Raptors won their first-ever NBA title. In the four wins over Golden State, Siakam shot 59 percent and averaged 23.8 points a game.

Siakam becomes the third player from the 2016 NBA Draft class to ink a maximum extension on their rookie deal. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Denver’s Jamal Murray were the others.

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