The Toronto Raptors have been bolstered by some quality performances out of Pascal Siakam in the last few weeks. As the team has started to string some wins together, they’ve done so on the back of some vintage showings from one of the greatest players in the history of this franchise.
Siakam’s name is plastered all over the franchise record books. Siakam is just a few points away from passing Jose Calderon and settling into eighth place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. He is currently sixth all-time in rebounds.
Siakam moved into the top ten in Raptors assists during a victory against the New York Knicks, passing Morris Peterson along the way. Siakam has long established himself as one of the premier players Toronto has ever seen, moving firmly into the top five last night.
Siakam is one of five players to be in the top ten in points, rebounds, and assists in Raptors franchise history. Of the four players he joined, Chris Bosh is in the Hall of Fame Vince Carter and Kyle Lowry eventually will join him in Springfield, and DeMar DeRozan will be darn close to induction.
Pascal Siakam is one of the best Toronto Raptors ever.
Siakam struggled last season, but that can be excused as a byproduct of Tampa. After an iffy start while working his way back from an injury, he has really turned it on lately. Since the start of December, Siakam is averaging a double-double with 22.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
Siakam record 20 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists in Toronto’s first game in what feels like forever with all of their starters and key reserves healthy. he might not have the same volume of shots as they did in past seasons, but he is rebounding at a rate never before seen in his career (8.4 per game) while making 47.5% of his shots.
Siakam and the Raptors are currently the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference, meaning that they are firmly in the postseason picture. They will need Siakam to play some of the best basketball of his career in order to make sure they push through and make it to the playoffs after one year in the lottery.
Doing so would only reinforce the legacy that the New Mexico State product and former No. 27 overall pick has carved out for himself in Canada. Assuming that no trade materializes in the coming months or years, Siakam may build such an impressive list of accomplishments in Toronto that he could end up getting his number retired.