Serge Ibaka, in his 11th season, is putting up more PPG per game than he ever has. It feels like he should be super old at this point, but he’s only 30, so the fact that he is scoring at a career-high rate is not wholly surprising. 30 is still considered by most to be part of a basketball player’s prime years, the time where they have fully developed and are savvy enough to take advantage of most situations.
I’m starting to get a little annoyed, though. The amount of 20-burgers he has dropped on barely-suspecting teams this year is straining my patience. I keep making vids for him, and no one cares, because you know why? One, because he has that YouTube cooking show that monopolizes the search results for him and makes it so that people barely care that he’s an actual basketball player. And two, because the Raptors have a whole stable of players who are more exciting, starting with Pascal Siakam and ending with Terence Davis.
Ibaka and Siakam are literally the only viable offensive bigs that the Raptors have (Marc Gasol, sorry man, but you STILL look hungover from the championship parade), so unless they want to go super-small like the Rockets have decided they want to do, there’s going to be a lot of touches for them and a lot of opportunities to score. As far as I can tell, Ibaka can have a pick-and-pop midrange jumper WHENEVER he wants it. And that’s not a good thing for my sanity.