Case against a Dallas Mavericks trade for Pascal Siakam this offseason
Fans could make three cases against Dallas acquiring Siakam this offseason. First, he had shoulder surgery in early June and is expected to miss the beginning of the 2021-2022 regular season. The 6’9 forward would have to mesh with his new teammates on the fly as he finds his place on both ends of the floor. This season was the first time Siakam missed significant time since his rookie season in 2017, though.
Siakam’s jumper would also be a worry. He is a career 32.5 percent shooter from 3-point range. The 27-year-old was above league average in 2019 and 2020 but dipped to just 29.7 percent this season. Some of that can be explained away by the shoulder injury, but the Mavericks could be slightly worried that he dips again at some point.
Siakam also took a massive step backward in his defensive metrics this season. The Raptors played him more at center, and he produced the worst defensive rating and defensive win shares of his career. His defensive box score plus-minus was his worst since his rookie season. The Mavericks would need him to bounce back on the defensive end.
Is that enough to keep the Dallas Mavericks from attempting to acquire Pascal Siakam?
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