While Raptors star Pascal Siakam acknowledges his improvement over the years, what exactly lead Siakam to evolve into a 3-point machine for the Raptors. SI’s Kaitlin O’Toole is joined by AllRaptors Aaron Rose to discuss Siakam’s transformation.
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Kaitlin O’Toole: Last night, Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam was interviewed by TNT’s Ernie Johnson and touched on the jump he made during the 2018 season when he won the league’s most improved player award. Joining me now from All Raptors is Aaron Rose. Aaron, I want to talk about the improvements that he’s made throughout the last couple of seasons. What have you seen looking back at his scorer points?
Aaron Rose: The biggest difference he’s made over the past couple of years is his Three-Point shootings when he came into the league. He was not a good three-point shooting shooter during that 2017-2018 season. He shot 22% from three-point range. He was basically the NBA’s worst three-point shooter. And you can see it in the corners where he was terrible. Well below league average, as he said last night, he got to work after that summer, working nonstop on his three-point shooting. He said he took thousands of shots all summer long. When he came back, he was a totally different player. He shot 37% from three last season. You can see even the corners where it’s bright orange. He was well below, well above league average. Excuse me. He shot 42% in the corners. That’s 4% above league average. Now, the only question is, what’s next?
Kaitlin O’Toole: That’s really incredible. Just shows you with determination and practice can do Aaron. Thanks so much for your insight on this. Appreciate it.