3. 2020 NBA All-Star Game starter, Pascal Siakam
The remnants of the 2019 championship unit were left to Siakam following Kawhi Leonard's decision to leave in free agency. Ignoring his postseason struggles, Spicy P did his absolute best to be the driving force for Toronto, improving his averages in the 2019-20 season to 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
This uptick in numbers across the board, along with the reigning champion Raptors' team success, resulted in Siakam getting the nod as a starter in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, in his first All-Star appearance no less. A No. 27 pick improving this quickly is one of the most improbable draft success stories in years.
Pascal Siakam's first glimpse of All-Star status came in the tumultuous 2019-20 NBA season.
And what a memorable All-Star game it was back in 2020, as it commemorated the life and career of the recently passed Kobe Bryant. In a game where vets like Chris Paul and teammate Kyle Lowry got their shine, it was more than satisfactory for Raptors fans to see their young star in Siakam showcased on such a big stage.
Considering this All-Star game preceded the world-changing events that were to follow in the coming months, it's fun to look back at great NBA moments like this one to recall live sports as they once were before it all came to a halt.