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Report: Toronto Raptors offer huge update on Pascal Siakam’s timetable to return

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It sounds like NBA fans might be able to watch a certain star for the first time this season on Sunday.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is reportedly close to returning, and it sounds like he could make his season debut this weekend against the Brooklyn Nets.

Siakam’s return should provide the Raptors with a nice boost. That could be exactly what the team needs after its loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Siakam is entering his sixth season at the NBA level. In recent years, he has emerged as a star, and the Raptors will certainly be happy to have him back.

For his career, the 27-year-old has averages of 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. However, over his last two seasons, his averages are far more impressive. He has put up 22.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest since the start of the 2019-20 season.

One thing to keep an eye on this season will be Siakam’s 3-point shooting. After he knocked down 35.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in the 2019-20 campaign, he shot just 29.7 percent from deep in the 2020-21 season.

That’s definitely an area where the one-time All-Star is going to need to find some consistency.

The Raptors, who are 6-4 on the season, are playoff contenders, and getting Siakam back should help with the team’s quest for a postseason bid. Toronto hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2019-20 season after missing out in the 2020-21 campaign.

The organization is hoping to avoid missing the postseason for a second straight year.

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