2. Pascal Siakam
Siakam’s Game 3 was extremely poor, as he looked completely out of energy in the second half. Outside of that one outlier game, Siakam has proven that he can still be a primary offensive option for a team with eyes on the second round. That second-half surge was not fake at all.
Siakam is averaging 22.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game in this series despite his Game 3 dud and getting owned on the glass in Game 1. With Toronto’s best supporting players rarely available, even more responsibility has fallen on the All-NBA candidate Siakam’s plate.
Pascal Siakam is stepping up for the Toronto Raptors.
Even though he didn’t make an All-Star team, the last few weeks of the season have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Siakam is the best player on this team. With two double-doubles and four games of 20 points or more against Embiid and Tobias Harris, he has been living up to the hype.
Siakam is prone to occasional poor games, but his performances in the last two Raptors wins are adding to a resume that shows his competency as a leading offensive option for a playoff team. No matter what the result ends up being, Siakam can walk away from this series generally satisfied with his play.