Toronto Raptors top five performances from an exciting week two

Toronto Raptors - Fred VanVleet (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Toronto Raptors – Pascal Siakam (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images) /

2. Pascal Siakam

Opponent: Detroit Pistons

Stat Line: 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 30 minutes, +20

Another great performance against the Detroit Pistons this week. Poor Thon Maker and Christian Wood were destroyed by Siakam in this one. He scored at will and even showed off a much-improved jump shot, hitting three shots from 3-point range, the second-most triples he has hit in a game this season (he had five threes against Boston last week).

Siakam started off slow, only scoring 11 points at half time as Ibaka and VanVleet took on most of the scoring load for the Raptors. However, Siakam really started heating up in the 3rd quarter as he scored 19 points in that frame, growing the lead from six points at break to 16 points at the end of the 3rd. The combination of VanVleet and Siakam proved to be lethal as the Pistons had no answer for the pairing.

Just like Fred, Siakam’s free-throw shooting has been wonderful this season. While he may have only gone 1/1 from the line this game, that now takes his to 96-percent on the year. Siakam has improved his free throw shooting from 62 to 96-percent in just two seasons.

Even with a 35-percent usage in this contest and the Pistons game planning to stop him on offense, Siakam still was an efficient 61-percent from the field. He has proven throughout this young season that he is ready to take on the mantle that Kawhi Leonard left as this was his third 30 point game in five games to start the year.