The Raptors suffered a disappointing 2020-21 season as they finished the season with a 27-45 record and finished 11th in the Eastern Conference.
And the disappointment continues even off the season for them, as their first player, Pascal Siakam, may not be available to start next season due to a shoulder injury.
The Advertise the Raptors on Twitter Siakam underwent successful surgery to repair a tear in his left shoulder. The injury, which occurred on May 8 against the Grizzlies, will keep Siakam out for about five months.
With the start of the NBA season in mid-October – precisely October 19 – With the league returning to its normal schedule after two campaigns affected by the pandemic, Siakam’s condition at the start of the season is questionable at best.
A five-month recovery timeline puts him on track to return in early/mid-November. If that is the case, the Raptors may be cut short when the season begins without their star forward. And if free agent Kyle Lowery leaves the team this season, he could be without two of his biggest offensive contributors in October.
Siakam scored 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 56 games for Toronto last season. He’ll take his position ahead of next season, and if he can’t make it onto the field, the Raptors could be in danger of dealing with another slow start.