Adding Pascal Siakam has been an incredible move for the Indiana Pacers

Pascal Siakam has shown himself to be the most reliable player on the Indiana Pacers on a nightly basis.
Mar 24, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the
Mar 24, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers made a big move prior to the trade deadline when they decided to trade for Pascal Siakam. They traded Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora, and three first-round picks in exchange for Siakam. Indiana traded all this with expectations that Siakam will re-sign in the offseason.

So far, the early returns have been magnificent for the Pacers. Siakam has been putting up solid numbers across the board since joining Indiana. Since becoming a Pacer, Siakam is averaging 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal a game. He's doing all of that on 55% shooting from the field and 37% shooting from three.

Siakam has proven to be the most reliable and consistent player on the Pacers in the past month or so. While Tyrese Haliburton continues to struggle, Siakam has put the team on his back offensively. He most recently went for 36 points and 12 rebounds against the Lakers to even give them a shot in that one.

Pascal Siakam will keep paying dividends for the Indiana Pacers

Siakam will keep giving the Pacers returns in future years as well. His length allows him to score buckets in the paint and around the rim. His shooting has gotten better too, so his game should age okay. At age 29, he's in his prime and will be for at least another year or two.

Defensively, Siakam has helped the Pacers in a big way. His ability to switch on the perimeter, as well as battle bigger fours in the paint, has made things harder for opponents. He also has started leading the second unit as well so they have someone they can throw it to when buckets are hard to come by.

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So far, this trade has been nothing but a success. The Pacers gave up two first-round picks in this terrible 2024 Draft. It's one that has no true superstars and neither pick is high, so they aren't losing much. We'll see what the one in 2026 turns into, but so far this trade has been a slam dunk.