Pascal Siakam is a Cameroonian professional basketball player that is currently playing Power Foward for the Eastern Conference Champion Toronto Raptors. Siakam is 6’9″, and completed his collegiate career at New Mexico State University, before spending the last three seasons with Toronto. Siakam is a top candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award after a stellar 2018-19 season, helping to propel the Raptors to the top of the East Conference ranks. He averaged nearly 17 points per game while shooting 54.9% from the field. Siakam’s success has carried into the postseason, making his presence felt early in the NBA Finals.
Pascal Siakam Net Worth As Of 2019: $2 Million
Siakam, 25, is in the third year of a four-year contract that has a total value of around $6.4 million dollars. He will earn around $2.4 million next season, with a qualifying offer for the 2020-21 season for around $3.5 million.
Path To The NBA
Pascal Siakam was born in Cameroon, located in the central portion of Africa. He discovered a natural gift for the game of basketball at the age of 15, earning himself a scholarship to New Mexico University. Siakam’s life took a turn early in his collegiate career, losing his father in a car accident before the start of his first season. Unable to fly back home and be with his family, Siakam remembers this to be the toughest time of his life. The adversity matured him and only fuels him on the court as he plays not only for himself but, for his father. He was drafted with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. As a rookie, Siakam was sent down to the Toronto affiliate in the NBA’s developmental league where he led the team to a championship and won the MVP award in the Final series. Becoming a full-time Raptor in 2017-18, Siakam has worked his way into the starting lineup, making him one of the best bargain contracts on the team earning only $1.5 million this season. Siakam has been a consistent force on the defensive end, as well as a reliable rebounder and a steadily improving offensive game. His career numbers have increased each season, taking a big step in 2018-19 going from 7.3 points per game to a stellar 16.9.
Kawhi Leonard’s Sidekick
It has been proven at this point that with all the great talent in the NBA, every Championship team must have not only one superstar-MVP candidate type player but, also a strong supporting cast. Kawhi Leonard is ‘that guy’, and to the delight of the North, Pascal Siakam has emerged as the sidekick that Leonard needs to take down the seemingly unstoppable force that is the Golden State Warriors. On May 30, Siakam scored 32 points on 14/17 shooting from the field helping the Raptors to a 118-109 win in the NBA Finals opener. After a successful regular season, Siakam wasn’t a huge factor in the first two series of the postseason but, so much defensive pressure on Leonard, Siakam was poised to surprise with his performance. Referred to by Raptor fans as “Spicy P”, Siakam’s performance moving forward will prove to be pivotal for Toronto as the franchise looks to capture it’s first ever NBA Champion