1. Pascal Siakam
This year, the Raptors will undoubtedly be Siakam’s team, when healthy. He will get every opportunity to get back to All-Star form with Lowry gone. While Siakam might consider Julius Randle a rival from a statistical point of view, he could follow the same path he took to the mid-range tier of NBA stardom.
Raptors fans know Siakam struggled shooting threes last year, shooting 29.7%. Fair enough. Let’s say he gets that back to around 35%. His scoring would go back to his All-NBA levels.
This is the potential that has general managers around the league infatuated with Siakam. If he stays healthy and shoots the ball a little better, he will be an All-Star this year.
Pascal Siakam could be an All-Star if he is more consistent.
The icing on the cake will be if he starts closing games this year. That would send him into star status and give him a real shot at making the All-NBA Third Team.
He made a lot of mistakes late in games last season, but these are moments that he has hopefully learned from. I wouldn’t doubt him, as he went from being a G-League player to one of the best power forwards in the NBA in a couple of seasons. If everything goes right for Siakam this year, he will be recognized as a top-20 player going into 2022-23.