Toronto Raptors – Finding consistency from Siakim and Ibaka
With Kyle Lowry struggling to find his shot the last few weeks and the Toronto Raptors playing it caution with Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors need a consistent third scoring option. This year the Raptors are lucky enough to have not one, but two players able to contribute on offence almost every night.
In Siakim’s third NBA season, the lanky power forward has developed into an excellent NBA player. Siakim ranks 14th in the NBA in field goal percentage and ninth in effective field goal percentage. He can make shots from anywhere on the count and has become a more active rebounder in the absence of Jonas Valanciunas. Of course, he is not the only one who deserves credit. Serge Ibaka is having a career year, averaging 16.2 points per game and hitting just under 60% of his two-point shots. He has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season, three more than he totalled all of last season.
Indiana Pacers – Likely buyers at the Trade Deadline
The Indiana Pacers enter their game against the Toronto Raptors with the third best record in the Eastern Conference. Their defence and the play of Victor Oladipo have been the main catalysts to their success this season. While those two reasons have the Pacers well-positioned for home court in the first round of the NBA playoffs, for the Pacers to have a real chance at winning the Eastern Conference, they need more production from their point guard.
The Pacers have some players they could flip for an upgrade at point guard. If they do, their NBA futures at winning the Eastern Conference will move closer, possibly to third behind Toronto and the Milwaukee Bucks.