Raptors’ Fred VanVleet jokes that 2019 championship is ‘a little better’ than the G-League title he won with Pascal Siakam
During an interview with Michael Lee of The Athletic, VanVleet looked back at the title he won with Siakam in the G-League. The Raptors backup point guard said he and Siakam are now two-for-two in championship stints, but he said in jest that the NBA title they won on Thursday was more special.
“We’re two for two. This our second time popping champagne,” VanVleet said when asked about winning a title with Siakam again. “This is a little better than the G-League.”
VanVleet and Siakam led the Raptors 905 to a title during the 2016-17 NBA season. Two years later, both of them played huge roles in leading the Raptors to their first-ever NBA Finals stint, where they eventually clinched the franchise’s first championship.
Siakam averaged 19.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in their 2019 NBA Finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors. The 25-year-old forward had a terrific game on Thursday, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto.
VanVleet, on the other hand, also showed big heart down the stretch. The 25-year-old point guard, who went undrafted in 2016, scored a playoff career-high 22 points in the title-clinching game, 12 of it coming in the fourth quarter, where he knocked down huge three-pointers en route to the biggest win in franchise history.