Pascal Siakam is living up to all of the expectations given to him by the Toronto Raptors. After a lackluster 2020 campaign marred by inconsistency and injuries, the All-Star forward has been on a tear this season. Flanked by Fred VanVleet and star rookie Scottie Barnes, he's been back to his great form as of late.
It all culminated in a stellar performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. Against Los Angeles, the Raptors star compiled 25 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in a much-needed win. That performance from Pascal Siakam has him join the ranks of Toronto legends like Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. (via StatMuse)
Pascal Siakam best game of the season:
He joins Chris Bosh, Vince Carter and Doug Christie as the only Raptors with a 25/15/5 game. pic.twitter.com/e9zbJqZR3t
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 1, 2022
Also, shout out to a true Raptors cult legend in Doug Christie.
Siakam has been the subject of criticism as of late from Raptors fans. His bubble performance and the subsequent season left much to be desired for many, as he struggled with injuries and adjusting to being the number one guy. In 2021, though, he's upped his performance, likely eased by the presence of VanVleet and Barnes.
The Raptors, though, have been struggling recently, though part of it was out of their control. The team was wrecked by COVID-19, as most of the regular rotation were placed in health and safety protocols. With VanVleet, Barnes, and OG Anunoby coming back though, the team could be looking to get back on track.
As it stands, the Raptors are in a bit of a crossroads. They have intriguing young prospects in Barnes, Anunoby, and Gary Trent Jr. However, they also possess talent to contend for a low playoff spot. The next few weeks will decide which path this team will take.