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Pascal Siakam: Champion, MIP, and All-Star Starter

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Pascal Siakam will make his All-Star debut — and start! — in the 2020 NBA All-Star game in Chicago.

NBA All-Star 2020: Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam: Champion, MIP, and All-Star Starter Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images

Pascal Siakam will represent the Toronto Raptors and start at forward for the 2020 Eastern Conference All-Stars.

This is Siakam's first All-Star appearance, and is another step in an incredible career that his seen him win a G-League championship and G-League Finals MVP, NBA championship, and NBA Most Improved Player Award — all in four years.

Siakam is leading the Raptors in scoring at 23.5 points per game; he’s also averaging 7.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, one steal and one block per game — all career-highs. He’s shooting 37% from three-point range, a staggering number considering he couldn’t hit the ocean from three-point range at the start of last year. He’s also doing all this on a usage rate of 28.8%, by far a career high — while Kyle Lowry might be the Raptors’ engine, Siakam is the team’s best overall offensive player and shot creator.

Siakam is the seventh Raptor to make the All-Star team, joining Vince Carter, Antonio Davis, Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Lowry (who will likely be voted in by coaches as a reserve this season) and Kawhi Leonard.

The NBA announced its 2020 All-Star starters on Thursday evening. Siakam finished second among Eastern conference front court players in fan voting, third in player voting, and fourth in coach voting.

Joining Siakam on the Eastern Conference side are captain Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker and Trae Young.

Out West, captain LeBron James is joined by his teammate Anthony Davis, James Harden, Luka Doncic and former Raptor Leonard.

Reserves will be announced next Thursday, January 30. The All-Star draft is February 6, and All-Star Weekend is February 14-16 in Chicago.