NBA power forward tier list: Where is Raptors star Pascal Siakam?

Dec 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles the ball Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles the ball Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Toronto Raptors might be all in on the Scottie Barnes experiment, but their best player by a country mile is still the All-NBA talent known as Pascal Siakam. The Cameroonian dynamo remains a game-changer due to his continued improvement in all facets.

Despite the fact that Siakam has been traded in hypothetical packages thousands of times over during the dog days of the offseason, Masai Ujiri and the rest of the Raptors’ front office seem to be committed to building a winner with him at the center in the 2023-24 season.

Siakam is finally starting to get some respect around the league, as he has received an All-NBA nomination and All-Star nod in the last two seasons. One more All-NBA nod could put him in contention for a supermax contract that finally gets him paid like a superstar.

Siakam is one of the best in the league, irrespective of position, and he looks even better when compared to the other players at the power forward spot in the NBA. Despite the fact he is competing with other All-Star players, Siakam’s numbers exceed most of his competition.

NBA power forward tier list: Where is Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam?

Tier 7: Rookies/Replacement Level

30. Jarace Walker, Indiana Pacers

29. Aleksej Pokusevski, Oklahoma City Thunder

28. Grant Williams, Dallas Mavericks

27. Patrick Williams, Chicago Bulls

26. Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs

25. Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons

Walker will likely jump up this list if he brings the same physicality from college to the pros, and the bony Pokusevski will contribute to an extremely long, athletic Thunder team. Williams will try to carve out a long-term role with a Dallas squad lacking depth in key areas.

Williams will be entering a make-or-break season with the Bulls, while Sochan is going to move into a complementary role alongside Victor Wembanyama. Stewart’s effort and power in the paint should beat out Marvin Bagley III and keep him as one of the Detroit starters.

NBA power forward tier list: Pascal Siakam far exceeds Rui Hachimura.

Tier 6: Solid, if uninspiring

24. Marcus Morris, Los Angeles Clippers

23. Jabari Smith, Houston Rockets

22. Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings

21. Rui Hachimura, Los Angeles Lakers

Morris is one of the most known quantities in the league, and the Clippers are banking on that experience to help supplement their stars. Former No. 3 pick Smith had a rocky rookie year, but he started to show flashes of a future All-Star once he got more comfortable later in the year.

Murray’s stats don’t look too unbelievable, but he was a consistent starter and impact role player in the best Sacramento team in the last 15 years. Hachimura has a ceiling in this league, but the Lakers took a big step in the right direction as an offensive club after they acquired him.