Amar Sylla could become the next Pascal Siakam


Amar Sylla is a 19-year-old Senegalese professional basketball player born in Dakar, Senegal. He plays for Filou Oostende of the Pro Basketball League in Belgium. He’s a six-foot-nine forward / center for the Sengelese basketball team.

NBA Draft Profile for Amar Sylla

Amar Sylla – Amateur / professional career in Europe

Sylla started his career with Real Madrid B. Real Madrid B are a fourth tier Spanish amateur basketball team, but they are also a reserve team for the famous professional basketball team Real Madrid.

He played for the Spain team from 2017 to 2019. He last played for Filou Oostende of the Pro Basketball League in Belgium. During the 2019-20 season, he averaged 7.03 points and 5.53 rebounds per game. In the following 2020-21 season, he averaged 8.68 points and 5.61 rebounds per game.

A notable match was that of May 19 against Proximus Spirou Charleroi. He had 19 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal in that game. That’s what Ostend head coach Dana Gjergja said about Sylla according to Graham Chapple of fishing hoops:

“We are building a young team with a lot of talent and we are very happy to sign one of the best prospects in Europe,” coach Dario Gjergja said via ESPN. “I hope I can help Amar reach the highest levels – the Euroleague or the NBA. At Real Madrid he played as a center, but I think with us he can become more versatile than that.

Strengths

He’s a good rebounder and offensive cutter. Sylla is also a very good rim protector and has exceptional athleticism. According to NBA Draft Room, he has the ability to come out on the fast counterattack and has tremendous speed on open court for his size. He also has great potential as a defensive player according to Bashir Nasidi of FanSide.

Weaknesses

Sylla is not a very good shooter according to Spencer pearlman. He is also not very good with his grips and his defensive positioning can be shifted. According to Bashir Nasidi of FanSide, his defensive IQ is not up to NBA standards. However, he can develop his defensive IQ in the NBA.

He also needs to improve his free throw percentage, which was only 60% last season. Sylla must also improve his touch in painting. He was also just 16-41 on all no-dunk attempts in the half court.

NBA Draft Comparisons

Pascal Siakam. Like Sylla, Siakam was a raw player, who had a lot of potential when he was drafted into the NBA. In fact, in Siakam’s rookie season, he averaged just 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

The Cameroon striker had to work on his game and the Raptors had to be patient with him. Siakam, however, was able to accomplish great things in the NBA. He won the NBA Most Improved Player award and won the NBA Championship with the Raptors in 2019. Siakam also made the NBA All-Star Game and NBA Second Team in 2020.

That doesn’t mean Sylla will make it, but Siakam was drafted 27th by Toronto. No one thought he would be the player he is today. However, anyone who writes Sylla may have to wait for it to expand.

He would gain by gaining playing time in the NBA or in the G-League, the latter Siakam had to do during his rookie year. The other similarity is that Sylla and Siakam both played basketball at an advanced age according to Jonathan Givoy of ESPN. Sylla was around 14 when he started basketball. NBA All-Star Game 2020 starter Siakam didn’t play basketball until he was almost 18.

NBA Draft Predictions

Second round pick

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