1. Pascal Siakam
New Mexico State isn’t exactly considered a basketball factory that robotically pumps out future NBA players. The fact that Siakam has stuck around for as long as he has, nevermind becoming one of the best players at his position in the league, is a remarkable turn of events.
Siakam needed some work offensively, and a 39-11 team that won the NBDL (at the time) championship certainly helped the Cameroonian big man improve in this area. Toronto gradually eased him into the lineup, and this strategy paid off big time in their championship run.
Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam went from raw to a superstar.
Siakam is fresh off making All-NBA for the second time in his career. Most of the time, the No. 27 overall pick is happy to even receive a second contract with the team who drafted him. Even the biggest Siakam fans pre-draft could not have expected anything like this.
Siakam was allowed to run wild in Mississauga while he was given limited minutes with Toronto early in his career. Raw players like Christian Koloko may be issued a similar gameplan considering the success that Siakam has had in his career.