Pascal Siakam Rumors

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Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam
Position: F
Born: 04/02/94
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary: $2,351,838
Opposing players and coaches who have since left the bubble noted privately that Siakam seemed particularly out of sorts in Orlando, both on and off the floor. “He wasn’t right,” Nurse conceded. “I just think he lost his bounce. He didn’t look as athletic or as strong or as fast. He was in tip-top condition in March, but the lack of playing for three or four months hurt him. He couldn’t get it going, and he never did get back to where he was conditioningwise.
“So, the layoff made a difference for him. But look, the Lakers and Miami had the layoff too, and they didn’t let that stop them. That’s why they’re still playing.” Nurse was asked pregame for keys to how the Heat could stay alive. He responded, “Miami needs to believe … and keep fighting. Hang in, keep close, so they have a chance to steal it at the end. Obvious, but they also need some easy baskets in the first three quarters. Because we know it will be hard in the fourth.”
Siakam, whose meteoric rise was culminated by his first All-NBA selection this season, also endured notable struggles. With his increased responsibilities came increased scrutiny, and his postseason play (17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 39% shooting) fell well below the regular-season standards he had set in 2019-20. Opposing players and coaches who have since left the bubble noted privately that Siakam seemed particularly out of sorts in Orlando, both on and off the floor.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Hughes’ intangibles are what sell his ability to succeed long term. His career thus far is one marked by overcoming adversity and is a tale that shows how conducive fit and situation is to growth and development. Perhaps the most notable accomplishment of Hughes’ career came off the court, as the kid who had previously logged countless hours in summer school and studying for the SAT just to ensure his eligibility earned his degree in Human Development and Family Sciences this year. He showed the capacity to operate in whatever usage role was asked of him in college. Realistically, his role in the NBA will be much closer to the tertiary one we saw in his first season for Syracuse. In recent years, we have seen players like Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State), Brandon Clarke (San Jose State/Gonzaga), and Derrick White (UC-Colorado Springs/Colorado) take unorthodox paths to be first-round draft picks and ultimately finding NBA success. When all is said and done, do not be surprised if Elijah Hughes’ story has a similar ending.
The just-announced 2019-20 All-NBA teams saw a record number of international players being showcased, with six making the cut: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Pascal Siakam, Ben Simmons and Rudy Gobert. The previous record for international players receiving that honor in a single campaign was four, which took place five times throughout NBA history, in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2018-19.