The Raptors experienced a disappointing 2020-21 season. They finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-45.
For them, the disappointment continued into the offseason, because their top player Pascal Siakam may not be able to start next season due to a shoulder injury.
This The Raptors announced on Twitter Siakam underwent a successful operation to repair the torn labrum of his left shoulder. The injury occurred in the game against the Grizzlies on May 8, which will leave Siakam out for about five months.
As the NBA season will begin in mid-October-especially October 19 -With the league returning to its normal schedule after two pandemic-affected games, Siakam’s state at the beginning of the season is questionable at best.
With a five-month recovery timeline, he is expected to return in early/mid November. If this is the case, the Raptors may be understaffed to start the season without their star forward. If free agent Kyle Lowry leaves the team this offseason, they may lose their two biggest offensive contributors in October.
Siakam played 56 games for the Raptors last season, averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. His state will be worthy of attention before the start of next season. If he can’t play, the Raptors may face the danger of a slow start again.