The NBA has resumed its rights the night before. Toronto begins its season this Wednesday at 23H30 GMT against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pascal Siakam, 28 years old, is ready to assume his role as boss.
Last season, Pascal Siakam found his basketball, and his fitness. After missing the first ten NBA games due to a shoulder injury, the Cameroonian carried the Raptors. From December 1, until the end of the regular season, the 2019 champion turned in 23.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists on 49.9% shooting. However, his team fell in the playoffs to Joel Embiid's Sixers.
On the eve of the 2022-2023 season that begins tonight, the Raptor sharpens its claws. Especially since, unlike last year, Pascal Siakam was able to do all the summer preparation with his teammates. "Having been able to work all summer and play all the preparatory games, it really helps for the preparation, said Siakam in a scrum at the edge of the field Friday morning. Last season, yes, the injury was a bit of a factor in terms of energy at the start," said the Cameroonian, according to the Canadian press.
From now on, it will be necessary to cross a stage. For Pascal Siakam, elected PIM in 2019, will have to fight to be part of "those who count", and thus titillate the best players in the League. "My goal has always been to be among the best. The amount of work is there and I hope for good results, good things from my side. I've been All-NBA, I've been an All-Star. I want to be a top 5 in the league. I want to be one of the best and I'm going to do everything I can to get there."
Like before every season, the media indulges in predictions based on the preseason. ESPN ranked the Toronto player 30th in its rankings, while CBS put him 24th.