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Pascal Siakam

In a game that featured Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook, Pascal Siakam was once again the best player on the floor for most of the night.

It doesn’t come as a shock anymore, but Siakam has been the best player on the floor more frequently than not this season. He’s a shoo-in for Most Improved Player and has been one of the 25 best players in the NBA this season.

Siakam averaged 21.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game this week and has firmly cemented himself as more than just a rotational player. He can create offense for himself off the dribble or create for others, demonstrated by the fact he’s averaging 4.5 assists per game since the All-Star break.

His three-point shooting has dipped the past couple of games, Siakam is shooting 34-percent this season but only 11-percent in the last five games.

Still, the fact he is even shooting 34-percent on the season would have been a shock as early as last season. Now, though? It’s the norm. This is what to expect from Pascal Siakam.

A game-changing player who can be the best player on the court no matter who’s on it. It sounds a little farfetched but Siakam still has room to grow. His jump shot is still evolving and he can still become an even better passer.

This week, namely Thursday nights game, was a reminder as to why Pascal Siakam has to be Most Improved Player this year.

Here’s a bold prediction: Pascal Siakam will record his first career triple-double in the next 12 games. I hope.