Pros and cons of potentially trading for Pascal Siakam for the Atlanta Hawks

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Siakiam is a ceiling raiser and a perfect fit for the Hawks

The first positive thing to note is that Siakam would form a new “Big 3” with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. If Atlanta feels that they can make another run at the Eastern Conference Finals (or even the NBA Finals), going after Siakam would raise the ceiling for the Hawks! Siakam would also fit in nicely with Quin Snyder‘s system and would be able to make a big impact on the offensive end of the floor. A versatile forward is just what the Hawks need and Siakam can plug in that hole.

It is also worth mentioning that Siakam is not injury prone. He has played in at least 65 games in four of his seven seasons in the league. You can count on him to be on the court and make an impact while on it. The thing about Siakam is that he is a team player and that unselfishness is reflected in his assists numbers. They have gone up every year since he’s been in the league. This is important because having an unselfish player such as Siakam not only makes the team better but assures that other players are getting involved. It also induces balance in an offense which is what every team is searching for.

The bottom line is Siakam would raise the ceiling for the Hawks and is a perfect fit for Snyder. Where I believe he can be a difference-maker in Atlanta is his defense. He has 18.7 Defensive Win Shares and 0.5 Defensive Box Plus-Minus for his career. The Hawks have been attempting to acquire plus-defenders over the years, and Siakam is no exception.

While there are certainly positives in pulling off a trade for Siakam, there are reasons why the Hawks could (and maybe should) pass on the opportunity.