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Now that Pascal Siakam is officially an All-Star, it’s time to ask what all Raptors fans are pondering — will Giannis draft him?

Toronto Raptors HQ Podcast — That’s A Rap #71: Drafting All-Star Starters, Pascal Siakam, Giannis Antetokounmpo Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

For the sixth consecutive season, the Raptors have an All-Star starter! With Pascal Siakam’s selection, the Raptors become the only team to have a starter in each of the last six All-Star games. Kyle Lowry started in 2015 & 2016. DeMar DeRozan started in 2017 & 2018. Kawhi Leonard started in 2019.

While there have been a handful of teams to have an All-Star starter for at least 6 consecutive seasons — Cleveland (LeBron James) and Golden State (Steph Curry) the most recent examples — Toronto becomes only the 3rd team in NBA history to do it with four different players. The Lakers accomplished this feat with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and AC Green, between 1985-1990. The Knicks are the only other team to accomplish the feat with Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, Earl Monroe, and Bob McAdoo, between 1972-77.

In addition to the hard work that goes into acquiring and developing an All-Star, the Raptors executive team should be commended for keeping Toronto consistently stocked with high-end talent.

On the Sunday episode of That’s A Rap, we discuss the trials and tribulations of Delonte West, before diving into the latest from All-Star Weekend.

On This Episode:

Bell Let’s Talk Day is only a couple days away. The highly successful campaign has done wonders for anyone suffering with mental illness. In the case of Delonte West, the timing couldn’t be better. With all of NBA Twitter fixated on the former Cavalier, West can now get the proper care he sorely needs.

All-Star starters were announced and, to no one’s surprise, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James ended up as Team Captains. The big question on all Raptors fans’ minds is, “will Giannis draft Siakam?” Nick Nurse is in the driver’s seat to coach the East All-Stars. In other words, we’re two weeks away from Nurse being able to coach Siakam, Lowry, and Giannis during the All-Star Game. I’m sure Toronto fans will not overreact if/when Giannis dishes a perfect pass to a cutting Siakam for the lay-up.

Predicting All-Star reserves is always an interesting task. Do you factor a team’s record into the player’s All-Star resume? Does an elite team like the Bucks have to have more than one All-Star? Has Zach LaVine done enough to earn himself a chance to represent the Bulls in front of the hometown crowd? If (*ahem* when) Lowry gets selected, how quickly would Raptors Twitter implode if Giannis drafted Siakam and Lowry, while having Nurse as their coach?

2:30 - Delonte needs help

12:40 - All-Star Starters

25:25 - Jay vs. Dre: Drafting Starters

32:00 - Predicting East Reserves

38:30 - Predicting West Reserves