Pascal Siakam wins 2019 Most Improved award

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 25, 2019 09:39 AM
Pascal Siakam wins 2019 Most Improved award
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: Pascal Siakam accepts the Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award onstage during the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Pascal Siakam of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors has won the Most Improved Player at the NBA Awards.

The 25-year-old from Cameroon averaged 16.9 points and started 79 of 80 regular-season games for the Raptors in his third year with the team.

Siakam had 26 20-point outings after scoring 20 points in a game only once in his first two seasons. He then scored 32 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Siakam beat out De'Aaron Fox of Sacramento and D'Angelo Russell of Brooklyn.

Siakam says his award can give hope to African kids to work hard in pursuing their dreams.

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