Pascal Siakam topples Joel Embiid to become highest paid African NBA star Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021

Cameroon-born basketball sensation, Pascal Siakam, who led his side to win the 2019 NBA Championship title, is now the highest paid African basketballer after renewing his contract with The Toronto Raptors of Canada.

The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto. The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.

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Value at 130 Million US Dollars, that is, 32.5 Million US Dollars a year (about 19 Billion FCFA), the contract was extended for four years.

He becomes the highest-paid African Basketballer, a title that was previously held by another Cameroonian Basketer; Joel Embiid, who now earns 29.5 Million US Dollars yearly.

Pascal Siakam is considered the cornerstone of the Raptors’ future, with sports analyst describing him as “one of the Raptors’ great scouting and player development success stories.”

Pascal started playing basketball at16 in Cameroon, before moving to the United States. Siakam was voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player a year ago and played an integral part in Toronto’s first NBA championship title.

He averaged 19.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 0.7 blocks per game in the NBA Finals — including 23.8 points on 59% shooting in the Raptors’ four victories to win five-times NBA champions, Golden State.

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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