Raptors star Pascal Siakam tried to evaluate his game and revealed why he is difficult to guard.

After NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard left the Toronto Raptors, the team has resorted to some of the key players left in their roster. One of them is the versatile and unorthodox forward Siakam.

Siakam has proven that he isn’t just a typical forward. In fact, he is off a hot start this season and recently recorded a game-high 34 points in Saturday's 119-116 win over the Atlanta Hawks. And while it is quite evident that he has been improving lately, Siakam himself tried to put into words what makes him difficult to deal with inside the court.

In a recent interview with Fanatics View, Siakam revealed that it was his “energy” that basically separates him from the pack.

“I think other people could tell me that but for me, I’m just trying to bring energy every single game,” Siakam said when asked why he is difficult to guard.

“There might be games where I feel like I don’t have the energy I’m supposed to have. So for me, I think it’s important that every single night I bring the energy,” Siakam continued.

According to Siakam, whenever he gets the right amount of energy he needs, all the other aspects of his game follows and significantly improve as well.

“From the energy level I can be better on defense, I can’t pick up fouls, you know just little things that energy kind of like take out when you already have it,” Siakam pointed out.

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Pascal Siakam led the way with 30 points and and 11 rebounds, becoming the first Raptor since Chris Bosh to put up 30-plus points and 10-plus boards in a playoff game against the Magic on April 22, 2019. Photo: Flickr/Smashdown Sports News

“Spicy P” has truly elevated his game this season and aside from generating energy, there’s one significant change that drives Siakam’s success – his 3-point shooting.

With each passing year, however, Siakam’s scoring has increased. He’s developed from more of a conventional power forward into one of the league’s best wing players. His versatility is the key to his offensive success.

While Siakam always had the athleticism to play an inside-out game, his shooting is a more recent and evident development.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe even pointed out that the forward entered the league averaging only seven points per game. Last year, he started three-pointers from the top of the arc and converted them at a decent rate. And this year, his shot rate and field goal percentage have increased exponentially. This goes to show that if Siakam will consistently be able to hit that outside shot, he’ll be virtually unguardable.