3 All-Star candidates Raptors star Pascal Siakam is outperforming

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 09: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 09: Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Raptors, Pascal Siakam
TORONTO, ON – NOVEMBER 5: Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Precious Achiuwa #5 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /

The Toronto Raptors have one player that is making a legitimate All-Star push in Fred VanVleet, but the latest round of fan voting shows that there is a significant groundswell of support for getting Pascal Siakam his second career ASG appearance.

Siakam ranks eighth among frontcourt players in fan voting, which is the same spot VanVleet is in among guards in this conference. Considering how hot he has been of late, it makes sense for the league to finally look at Siakam’s performance and give him the recognition he deserves.

Throughout Toronto’s recent six-game winning streak, Siakam averaged 23.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. Those numbers are not only are better than what he put up last year, but they exceed what he did during his lone All-Star season right after the title.

While Siakam might not be a lock for the All-Star Game given all of the competition that surrounds him, he has numbers that are equal to or better than those of his contemporaries. If one of these three makes it to Cleveland over Pascal, something has gone wrong.

Toronto Raptors: 3 potential All-Stars Pascal Siakam is outperforming.

3. Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers

Allen has become a double-double machine for a Cavaliers team that has shocked many by asserting themselves as a legitimate playoff contender. While Evan Mobley and Darius Garland are getting most of the hype, Allen’s rim protection has been an invaluable asset for this team.

Allen’s 16.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game are no doubt impressive, but they can’t hold a candle to what Siakam is doing on a nightly basis. Siakam’s 20.7 points per game blow Allen out of the water, and he’s doing so while setting up his teammates for open looks.

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam is more dynamic than Jarrett Allen.

While Siakam’s 3-point numbers are nothing to jump up and down about, they do show that he is being asked to generate more offense than Allen, who is a complete non-factor as a shooter and rarely is asked to handle the ball up and down the court. Siakam is outproducing him in a more complex role.

Allen is having a quality season as a rim-runner and defensive presence, but the Raptors constantly ask Siakam to move mountains for a team that lacks a ton of reliable post presences that can take pressure off of him on either side of the ball.