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This player said Siakam is 'the easiest superstar to guard'

Published May 13, 2024 at 6:36 PM

Bilal Coulibaly, the Washington Wizards' promising rookie, is as fearless off the court as he is on it. Recently, he stirred up some buzz by labeling two-time NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam as one of the league's most overrated players. This bold claim came during an interview with French outlet RMC Sport in late April, and Coulibaly didn't back down even when probed further on FanDuel TV's "Run It Back."

"I stand by it. ... I watch the films, I know what he was about to do when he was going left, spinning around, going right," Coulibaly told "Run It Back." "I was like, yeah, he was the easiest superstar to guard."

Despite Siakam's impressive stats—averaging 30.5 points, 9 assists, and 8.5 rebounds in two encounters with Coulibaly this season—Coulibaly remains unswayed. He even went as far as to claim Siakam was the easiest star to guard, a surprising statement given Siakam's performance metrics, which rank among the best against any team this season. This confrontation happened when Siakam was still with the Toronto Raptors, before his trade to the Indiana Pacers in January.

Coulibaly's stance is bold, especially considering his own rookie statistics: a modest 8.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game for a Wizards team that struggled heavily, finishing 15-67. While some may see his comments as brash for a newcomer, others might find them a refreshing display of confidence from one so young.

As Siakam continues to shine in the playoffs with the Pacers now tied with the New York Knicks in the second round, the basketball world watches closely. Will Coulibaly's critiques hold water, or will Siakam's performance prove him wrong? One thing is clear: Coulibaly isn't just making waves on the court; he's unafraid to spark controversy off it as well.

Source TheScore: Wizards' Coulibaly: Siakam is 'the easiest superstar to guard'
Source Sporting News: What did Bilal Coulibaly say about Pascal Siakam? Wizards guard stands by bold claim on Pacers star
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This player said Siakam is 'the easiest superstar to guard'

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