Pascal Siakam is not going to be restricted by one or two basketball positions.
The second-year Raptor feels he may be a part of a brand new wave of positionless basketball that may solely improve his future.
“I’m undoubtedly a basketball participant and I can play numerous positions, particularly if I can guard folks,” the six-foot-nine Siakam mentioned. “I’m engaged on my lateral quickness and issues like that. That’s simply going to assist me the way in which the sport’s going proper now, simply to not have a place, you realize? Simply play and be capable to guard totally different positions. And as my shot evolves, it’s going to present me extra issues to do.”
It’s how additionally how coach Dwane Casey sees it after suggesting Siakam would possibly finally be capable to play in opposition to what’s identified as we speak as taking pictures guards or small forwards.
“He was in a position to guard (Indiana’s) Lance Stephenson on the perimeter and I believe that’s his future, to be extra of an extended, two-three defender in addition to a 4,” Casey mentioned. “He’s bought the ability set and the athleticism to have the ability to do this.”
Siakam doesn’t possess the taking pictures expertise but to play too many positions however his defensive expertise and athleticism do make him a multi-dimensional defender.
“I don’t need to restrict myself to simply be an vitality man or no matter it may be,” the 23-year-old Siakam mentioned. “I need to broaden my recreation, and I’m a tough employee, so I imagine that on a regular basis I spend within the gymnasium, I would as properly use that to develop my recreation. If you consider it, I began taking part in basketball late, so I’ve numerous issues I’ve to study, and I’m nonetheless studying every single day.”
RISING SUNS: Jay Triano sees one thing of a mirror picture between the primary NBA workforce the place he was a head coach and the second.
Triano was charged with growing a non-playoff workforce when he bought the Toronto job and now has to assist mould a Phoenix workforce in the identical circumstances.
“I see so most of the similarities,” Triano mentioned Tuesday. “Drafting DeMar DeRozan and taking part in him and letting him develop as a participant, evolve as a participant the primary time, it’s similar to what we’re doing in Phoenix proper now.
“Having to play guys like James Johnson (in Toronto) by means of tough instances and now watching him excel within the NBA, for a coach these are a few of the issues which might be gratifying, you helped of their growth. And I really feel the identical approach about our younger gamers. I believe we’ve bought some actual good younger gamers, they’re going to be good and my job is to attempt to make that occur quick.”
CROWDED HOUSE: The Raptors905 are fashionable with the youthful crowd. Particularly if it would imply a number of hours out of college.
Toronto’s G League affiliate performed its annual noon recreation on the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday and set a brand new attendance report within the course of.
Though the workforce misplaced 117-109 to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a rematch of final season’s D-League championship collection, the sport drew a crowd of 18,900. That eclipsed the earlier 905 and G League attendance mark of 15,011.