3. Pascal Siakam’s dominance
Siakam has been the best of the five starters in the preseason, continuing the theme of the Cameroonian big man being the straw that stirs Toronto’s drink. Even though Siakam has a championship ring on his mantlepiece, his 2021-22 season was his finest achievement.
Siakam averages per game from December 28 onward were just under 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. That kind of production is not only freakishly efficient and diverse, but it shows that referring to Siakam as anything less than an All-NBA player is disrespectful.
Pascal Siakam is the leader of the Toronto Raptors.
Siakam is in line for a supermax contract if he earns another All-NBA nomination. While he will have to concede some degree of offensive responsibility to a growing youngster in Barnes, he’ll be in position to make an All-Star team for the second time in his career.
While Siakam’s stinker in the bubble is going to stick with him thanks to Twitter reply guys with no basketball opinions beyond trolling for retweets, he’s been so productive over the last few years that he’s moved into a very select tier. Tune in if you want to see what feats he accomplishes next.