1. Pascal Siakam is an MVP candidate through six games
Is Siakam going to win MVP? No, barring Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic suddenly turning into Bruno Caboclo and Freddie Gillespie. Has he shown that his production so far this season has been so dominant that the voters have choice but to put him in that tier? Without question.
Siakam is averaging 25.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per game this season after losing to the 76ers, and those numbers were so sparkling that NBA.com decided to rank him fourth in their latest MVP ladder. Only Antetokounmpo, Doncic, and Ja Morant ranked above him.
Pascal Siakam can lead the Toronto Raptors.
We’ve seen Siakam be an All-NBA player before, and we’ve seen him contribute to a championship team in a very significant way. Doing both at the same time while challenging for a triple-double on a nightly basis is going to be hard for even the most virulently anti-Raptors voter to ignore.
Siakam’s boasts about being a top-five player, at least through the first handful of games in the season, have not been one-bit hyperbolic. If anything, Siakam may have sold himself short. 2022-23 is without question going to be the finest season we’ve seen from the Cameroonian star.