With the NBA draft and most of the fireworks from free agency in the rearview, we are officially entering the (ever-so-brief, thankfully) dog days of summer.
Cue: Exhibition league highlights!
This past weekend a pair of Toronto Raptors players, DeMar DeRozan and Pascal Siakam, participated in Los Angeles’s Drew League — and the results were impressive.
DeRozan, a Drew League veteran at this point, made his 2018 debut and did not disappoint, pulling off a seemingly effortless array of drives, dunks, and long bombs:
But DeRozan was outshone by Raptors teammate Siakam, who posted an absurd triple-double with 38 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists and earned “Player of the Game” honours in the process.
Player of the game for Hank's Panthers:
Pascal Siakam @pskills43
38 points 15 rebounds 11 assists
— Drew League (@DrewLeague) July 15, 2018
Siakam’s performance probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise once you take a look at how he’s been balling this off-season during L.A. scrimmages featuring NBAers like James Harden and UCLA standout guard Jaylen Hands.
If his summer play is any indication, Siakam could be in store for a legitimate breakout season in 2018-19.