Aside from the championships and aside from the statistics, Kobe Bryant had something most NBA players never achieve: mystique. Even as he was one of the biggest sports stars in the world, there were parts of the Black Mamba that seemed unknowable and enigmatic. He inspired legends as the first one to arrive the gym…The best of Kobe Bryant’s legends and tall tales with the Lakers — Press Telegram
• The Toronto Raptors host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have won nine straight games vs. Atlanta, including the first two meetings this season. Toronto has swept the season-series with the Hawks each of the past two seasons. Pascal Siakam is averaging a team-high 26.0 points in two games against the Hawks this season.
• The Raptors have won a season high-tying seven straight games (Jan. 15-26). Toronto also won seven in
a row Nov. 18 – Dec. 1. The Raptors are averaging 119.8 points and shooting .500 (311-for-625) from the field, including .411 (109-for-265) from beyond the arc, over the last seven games. Toronto’s longest win streak in franchise history is 11 games (2X: Feb. 26 – Mar. 16, 2018 and Jan. 1 – 30, 2016).
• Pascal Siakam recorded his 11th 30-point performance of the season scoring a game-high 35 points Jan. 26 at San Antonio. Siakam set a franchise record for points in a quarter with 25 in the first against the Spurs. He shot 9-for-12 from the field, 5-for-7 from 3-point range and made both of his free throws
attempts in the first quarter. The Raptors are 10-1 when Siakam scores 30 or more points in game.
• Kyle Lowry needs nine assists to tie Jose Calderon (3,770) as the Raptors’ all-time leader in assists. Lowry is already the franchise leader in three-point field goals (1,325) and steals (789). The only NBA players
who are their current franchise’s all-time leader in assists are Houston’s James Harden and Washington’s John Wall (who has not played a game this season). Lowry has recorded 10+ assists 112 times – second most in team history behind only Calderon (141).
• Kyle Lowry is one of two Eastern Conference players, along with Trae Young, averaging 20+ points and 7+ assists this season. Lowry is currently averaging 20.0 points in 35 games; +5.8 ppg from last season (14.2 ppg in 2018-19).
• Pascal Siakam was named a starter for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Siakam becomes the seventh player in franchise history to earn an All-Star selection, joining Chris Bosh (five times), Vince Carter (five times), Kyle Lowry (five times), DeMar DeRozan (four times), Antonio Davis and Kawhi Leonard. Siakam’s selection also extends a streak of six consecutive years that a Raptor has been voted into the starting five – Lowry (2015, 2016), DeRozan (2017, 2018) and Leonard (2019).
• With Friday’s win at New York, the Raptors are guaranteed to end the month of January with a winning record. Toronto has now finished with a winning record each of the past 21 calendar months (February 2017 – January 2020). The streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the
NBA. The last month in which Toronto did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8–9).
• REMEMBERING KOBE BRYANT: In 16 career games in Toronto, Kobe Bryant averaged 26.6 points … Bryant scored a career-high 81 points Jan. 22, 2006 vs. the Raptors … He made his 18th and final all-star
appearance at Toronto in 2016 … Bryant shot better against the Raptors (.471 from the field) than against any other club … Norman Powell grew up idolizing Bryant and wears number 24 because of him.
G – OG ANUNOBY #3
MIN: 29.3 REB: 5.5 AST: 1.6 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.7
• Totaled 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 24 minutes Jan. 26 at San Antonio.
• Toronto is 19-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Shooting a career-best .491 (192-391) from the field, including .475 (47-99) through 12 games in January.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43
MIN: 35.2 REB: 7.7 AST: 3.5 STL: 0.9 TO: 2.5 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.8
• Finished with a game-high 35 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes Jan. 26 at San Antonio.
• Ranks 18th in the NBA in scoring (23.8) and 12th in minutes per game (35.2).
• Has scored 30+ points 11 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.
C – MARC GASOL #33
MIN: 28.2 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 7.7
• Contributed eight points, a game-high 12 rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes Jan. 26 at San Antonio.
• Averaging 12.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in seven games (Jan. 15-26) since returning to the lineup.
• Missed 12 games (Dec. 20 – Jan. 12) due to a left hamstring strain.
G – KYLE LOWRY #7
MIN: 37.0 REB: 4.5 AST: 7.3 STL: 1.2 TO: 2.8 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 20.0
• Recorded 16 points, four assists, four rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes Jan. 26 at San Antonio.
• Ranks 11th in the NBA in assists per game (7.3); averaging 6.9 assists through 12 games in January.
• Has scored 20+ points 19 times this season; scored 20+ points 15 times in 65 games last season.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23
MIN: 36.1 REB: 3.8 AST: 6.8 STL: 2.0 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 18.3
• Finished with 13 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes Jan. 26 at San Antonio.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.0); has registered multiple steals in 18 games.
• Averaging 20.0 points and is shooting .556 (20-36) from three-point range over the last five games (Jan. 18-26).
Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Right ankle sprain) – TBD
Patrick McCaw (Nose; fracture) – TBD
TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Atlanta Hawks
Date: Tuesday, January 28
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. ATLANTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 2-0 0-0 2-0
ALL-TIME 46-45 23-21 23-24
STREAKS Won 9 Won 3 Won 6
January 20, 2020 (122-117)
LAST HOME WIN:
January 8, 2019 (104-101)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+44, December 3, 2016
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-31, December 2, 2009
LAST TIME VS. ATLANTA
GAME 43 – JANUARY 20, 2020
TORONTO 122, ATLANTA 117
ATLANTA — Norman Powell scored 27 points, including 17 in the final
period, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta’s late charge to beat the Hawks
122-117 on Monday … Trae Young had 42 points and season-high 15
assists for Atlanta … Powell has scored 20 or more points in five straight
games, the longest stretch of his career… Toronto led 112-91 before surviving a late comeback by the Hawks, who pulled within two points at 117-
115 … Fred VanVleet, who had 20 points, sank three free throws with 14.2
seconds remaining after he was fouled by John Collins, pushing the lead
to five … Powell had only 10 points through three quarters before finding
his 3-point range in the final period to lead Toronto’s productive second
unit … The backups were on the floor when Toronto made its comeback in
the third quarter and remained in the game for most of the final period …
Young’s four-point play cut Toronto’s lead to 114-107 with 1:39 remaining
… Collins’ layup reduced the deficit to two points … Powell made three
straight 3s to lead the Raptors’ decisive surge early in the final period …
Powell made 6 of 9 3s … Pascal Siakam scored 18 points.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 36 21 26 39 122
ATLANTA 25 35 22 35 117
NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Thursday, January 30
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto
SERIES RECAP VS. CLEVELAND
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 2-0 2-0 0-0
ALL-TIME 43-49 25-22 18-27
STREAKS Won 2 Won 5 Lost 1
December 31, 2019 (117-97)
LAST ROAD WIN:
December 1, 2018 (106-95)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+34, January 11, 2018
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-34, March 4, 1998
LAST TIME VS. CLEVELAND
GAME 34 – DECEMBER 31, 2019
TORONTO 117, CLEVELAND 97
TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and dished out eight assists as
the Toronto Raptors won 117-97 against the Cleveland Cavaliers … Six
Raptors scored in double figures … Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10
rebounds, Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 points, Rondae
Hollis-Jefferson had 14, and Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby had 12
points apiece … The Raptors went 9-7 in December, and played the past
seven games without Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and
Norm Powell (shoulder) … Collin Sexton had 22 points to top the Cavaliers, while Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds … The Raptors had
a double-digit lead in the second quarter, and by the time Ibaka hit a hook
shot with 3:33 to play in the third, Toronto was up by 21 … The Raptors
led 86-69 to start the fourth … Davis had 14 points in the fourth …
VanVleet had four blocks on the night … The Raptors connected on 43.6
per cent from long distance, while the Cavs were good on just 26.3 per
cent … Anunoby nailed three consecutive shots when he subbed in …
Lowry’s 33-footer put the Raptors up by 14 points late in the second quarter … A running layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 1.6 seconds left in the half
had Toronto up 59-43 at halftime.
1 2 3 4 TOT
CLEVELAND 25 18 26 28 97
TORONTO 27 32 27 31 117
GAME 46 – JANUARY 26, 2020
TORONTO 110, SAN ANTONIO 106
SAN ANTONIO — Pascal Siakam scored 35 points to lead the Raptors
past the Spurs 110-106 on a day when many players’ thoughts were elsewhere … The teams did not contest the opening tipoff … Instead, Toronto
point guard Fred VanVleet held onto the ball for 24 seconds, incurring a
shot-clock violation. San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray did the
same as the crowd gave a standing ovation and chanted, “Kobe! Kobe!”
… The Raptors raced to a 29-12 lead … The Spurs battled back, outscoring the Raptors 34-23 in the third quarter after trailing by as many as 19
points in the first half … Marc Gasol scored eight straight points, helping
Toronto tie the game at 97 … VanVleet scored the Raptors’ final five
points, including a 3-pointer, to help Toronto win its seventh straight game
… Kyle Lowry had 16 points … Toronto forward Rondae HollisJefferson was assisted off the court and did not return after spraining his
right ankle with 8:02 remaining in the second quarter … Derrick White
had 14 points for San Antonio … DeMar DeRozan was limited to 14 points
on 2-for-7 shooting.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 37 26 23 24 110
SAN ANTONIO 21 30 34 21 106
ATLANTA’S LAST GAME STARTERS
POS NO. PLAYER HT. WT. G GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG MPG FG% 3FG% FT%
F 12 DE’ANDRE HUNTER 6-7 225 46 45 12.2 3.7 1.7 0.7 0.3 30.9 .407 .330 .771
F 20 JOHN COLLINS 6-9 235 21 21 18.7 9.6 1.3 0.7 2.0 30.1 .535 .354 .789
C 24 BRUNO FERNANDO 6-9 240 42 11 4.1 3.4 0.9 0.3 0.4 12.5 .503 .133 .615
G 3 KEVIN HUERTER 6-7 190 36 28 11.5 4.4 3.3 0.9 0.5 28.4 .414 .397 .826
G 11 TRAE YOUNG 6-1 180 42 42 29.5 4.6 8.9 1.2 0.1 35.2 .448 .375 .838
On 1/23, Trae Young was announced as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Young led all guards in the East in votes and became the first Hawks player selected to the All-Star Game in his first or second season since John Drew in 1975-76.
• The Hawks recorded their two highest scoring halves of the season (78 – first half, 74 – second half) and set season-highs in points scored, FG%, FTM and FGM on 1/26 vs. Washington. Atlanta knocked down a season-high 29 FTs and recorded 54 FGM on .581 FG% for 152 points. Atlanta reached at least 150 points in regulation for the first time since scoring 155 points on 2/11/70 at San Diego.
• On 1/26 vs. Washington, Trae Young notched his 16th double-double of the season with 45 points (13-24 FGs, 6-11 3FGs), 14 assists, six rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes. Young posted 40+ points for the eighth time this season. Young owns the second-most 40-point games in the NBA this season (James Harden, 16). With six 3FGM, Trae Young became the 13th Atlanta Hawk with 300 career 3FGM (303) and passed Paul Millsap for 12th on the Hawks’ all-time three pointers list. He recorded his 23rd game this season of 30-or-more points, the third-most in the NBA (Harden 29, Antetokounmpo 24). Young also ranks second in the NBA in games of 30 points and 10 assists with 10 such performances (Luka Doncic, 12)
• Since Jan. 1, Trae Young leads the Eastern Conference in assists (118), FTM (104) and points per game (32.3).
• Kevin Huerter posted 18 points (7-11 FGs, 4-7 3FGs) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 minutes on 1/26 vs. Washington. Huerter passed Craig Ehlo for 18th on the Hawks’ all-time three-pointers list (213 total). Huerter is now two 3FGM shy of tying Marvin Williams for 17th.
• On 1/26 vs. Washington, Bruno Fernando recorded his first career double-double with a career-high 14 points (career-high 7-9 FGs), a careerhigh 12 rebounds, and one block in 19 minutes.
• On 1/26 vs. Washington, Cam Reddish led the Hawks reserves in scoring with 13 points (4-8 FGs), adding two rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Reddish has scored in double-figures in 16 contests this season, including five out of his last six.
• Per Basketball Reference, Trae Young’s 29.5 points per game are the most for a second-year player since Bob McAdoo averaged 30.6 points in 1973-74.
• De’Andre Hunter scored 25 points (8-11 FGs, 2-4 3FGs), adding three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes on 1/26 vs. Washington. Hunter has recorded at least one steal in six consecutive games (the longest streak of his career) and it is the sixth time this season Hunter has scored 20-or-more.
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what he liked about the team’s performance tonight:
I liked it through different periods of the game. I thought we did a really nice job of doing the things that we wanted to do. You get the sense going in it wasn’t going to look pretty all the time in a game like this, you’re not really sure what you’re going to get coming off that type of a break. But, all in all, I thought that we executed well enough, obviously to score enough goals to put us in a good spot. I liked parts of the game and other parts that we want to make sure we continue to grow on for sure.
On Sandin scoring his first goal and the poise he has shown since his recall:
I’m pumped for him to score the goal. It was a big goal for us at that point in the game as well. I’m not surprised by the poise. I’ve come to expect that from him. I think we all have. He showed that through training camp and through this first recall as well, I think. He’s building really nicely there for us he and fits in well too just having another player who puts the puck into our forwards’ hands well and keeps the offence moving.
On Muzzin’s play after his conditioning stint with the Marlies:
The guys were giving him a little crap for that after the game. It was a great recall; I think he got the ball after the game. So, it’s good. I talked to Muzz about that situation. It was a good chance for him to kind of knock the rust off like you inevitably have to do. It just makes a little more sense to get it done there rather than here. So, today is another step in that process for him building up the confidence again and just continuing to get better and more comfortable in games.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (34 SAVES)
On the club’s strong second period:
Yeah, we definitely quieted down the game a little bit. We got the lead obviously after the first and I thought we did a good job of not forcing too much, trying to slow things down and making sure we didn’t turn the puck over as much at crucial sports. I thought we played really smart.
On how he remained calm in the third period:
Good habits, I think, most importantly. I thought we did a good job.
JAKE MUZZIN (22:38 TOI)
On how tonight felt for him:
For me personally it felt pretty good. Glad I went down and played a game and got that feel back in me. Felt like my hands felt good out there and I was moving the puck well and stuff like that, so it was good for me.
On what he liked from the team:
A bunch of stuff. We created lots. There’s still some areas where we can improve on as far as having an F3 and not diving in. I think we had a few too many turnovers, allowing them to gain access in our zone very easily. If we can manage the puck a little bit better, I think we have an even better result. I liked our O-zone play. I thought we created lots, capitalized on some chances. It was a good first game back.
RASMUS SANDIN (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On scoring his first career NHL goal:
I’m going to remember that for the rest of my life for sure.
On how the goal happened:
I was just standing a little bit behind the play and then the puck just popped out. I saw it at the last second and he was covering the low ice and leaning forward so I just tried to put it high and lucky it went it.
On his celebration:
I think I’ve had a lot of dreams about how I would have celebrated. I don’t think I did any of them today except for the screaming so that was a great feeling.
JASON SPEZZA (1 GOAL)
On his goal tonight:
There was some traffic there and Holl did a great job of getting to the middle that allowed me to kind of walk and come right down. When you’ve got time like that you can usually try to pick a spot, so it worked out well.
On the performance of the team overall:
Just a good response. Coming out a break can be difficult games and I thought it was a good match for our team. Coming out and getting a lead, I thought we controlled play for a lot of the time. I still think there are still things we can do better but for the most part we did a lot of good things and that’s why we got rewarded with a win.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (26-17-7 – 59 Points) vs.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (22-18-7 – 51 Points)
MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board at 4:13 of the first period and later had the secondary assist on Rasmus Sandin’s second period goal. His first period goal was his 23rd of the season, which establishes a new single-season career-high for goals (Previous: 22, 2016-17). Tonight’s game is his 11th multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has goals (4) in four consecutive games and points (4-3-7) in five consecutive games. In 25 games on the road, Nylander has registered 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists).
- Zach Hyman scored the second Maple Leafs goal of the night at 7:12 of the first period before collecting the secondary assist on Jason Spezza’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-point performance in 2019-20. He has scored five goals in eight games against Central Division opponents. He has recorded eight of his 13 goals on the road this season.
- Rasmus Sandin registered the lone assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later scored the third Toronto goal of the game at 4:41 of the second period. Sandin’s second period goal was his first career NHL goal. Tonight’s game is his second multi-point game of the season. He has three points (1-2-3) in three games on the road this season.
- Jason Spezza scored the fourth Maple Leafs goal of the night at 12:17 of the second period. He has registered 13 (5-8-13) of his 19 points on the road this season. In 32 career games against the Predators, Spezza has recorded 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists).
- Auston Matthews scored Toronto’s fifth goal of the game into an empty net at 18:28 of the third period. Matthews has eight goals in nine games during the month of January. Over his last 20 games played he has registered 19 goals and eight assists for 27 points. He has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 11 games against Central Division opponents this season.
- Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Marner has assists (2) in two consecutive games. Of Marner’s 35 assists in 2019-20, 23 have been primary assists, which leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for ninth among NHL skaters. He has recorded 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists) in 17 games against Western Conference opposition this season.
- Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Barrie has assists (4) in three consecutive games. He has registered seven points (1-6-7) in 11 games against Central Division opponents this season. He leads Maple Leafs defencemen in points with 28 (4-24-28) in 50 games played.
- Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Sandin’s second period goal. Kerfoot has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has picked up 12 (4 goals, 8 assists) of his 20 points on the road this season. In 11 games against Central Division opposition, he has recorded six points (2-4-6).
- Justin Holl had the primary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. He has registered eight of his 13 assists on the road this season. His five primary assists are the third-most among Toronto defenders.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots to earn his 23rd victory of the season.
- Kasperi Kapanen left the game with an arm injury. X-rays were negative,.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||10 (10)||12 (11)||9 (8)||–||31 (29)|
|NASHVILLE||15 (15)||8 (7)||13 (12)||–||36 (34)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||17 (17)||21 (17)||15 (14)||–||53 (48)|
|NASHVILLE||27 (27)||12 (10)||26 (22)||–||65 (59)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record at Home||14-11-0 (25 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Nashville||12-12-1-1 (26 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Nashville on the Road||6-4-0-1 (11 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||12-7-2 (21 Games)|
|Record vs. Central Division||6-4-1 (11 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||4 (Four players tied)|
|Shot Attempts||8 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||9 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||69% (Matthews – 9 won, 4 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||2 (Holl, Kerfoot, Matthews)|
|Power Play TOI||1:43 (Barrie, Marner, Matthews)|
|Shorthanded TOI||0:40 (Four players tied)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||61.3% (Holl – 19 for, 12 against)|
|Lead after 1||14-2-1|
|Lead after 2||19-1-2|
|Do not score a power play goal||10-11-3|
|Do not allow a power play goal||13-6-3|
|Outshot by opponent||13-10-3|
- The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
- Kasperi Kapanen (arm) left tonight’s game and did not return.
- Auston Matthews won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs tonight and was 7-for-8 (88%) in the faceoff circle when matched up with Nashville centre Nick Bonino.
- Auston Matthews and William Nylander were on the ice for a team-high 20 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Matthews had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.3 percent (20 for, 19 against), while Nylander finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent (20 for, 17 against).
- Jason Spezza was the lone Maple Leaf to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. at Dallas Stars (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. vs. Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)
- Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m. at New York Rangers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. vs. Anaheim Ducks (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
— PHOTOGRAPHS AND TEXT PROVIDED BY EDDIE MICHELS —
The batters’ eye is being put in place on Sunday January, 26th at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, FL spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays. The batters’ eye will have a four-stall rest room behind it for fans on the stadium’s walkway. Also one can notice a number of trees that have been planted outside the stadium’s fence. This is because Florida law requites that for every tree taken down two must be replanted on site. This has caused trees to be planted on the outside of the half field practice field behind the stadium’s right centre field fence.
Will the Blue Jays first spring training game just four weeks away as of Monday construction continues on the main gate of TD Ballpark at Grant Field in Dunedin. The photo shows the new walkway from the intersection of Douglas and Beltrees to the main gate through what used to be the stadium’s main parking lot. It has not been announced what parking will be available on site for games.
The National Basketball Association announced Monday that All-Star forward Pascal Siakam has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 20-26. He earns the honour for the third time in his career and the second time this season. Siakam will represent Toronto at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago after being selected as a starter for the first time.
Siakam averaged team highs of 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting .473 (35-for-74) from the field in four games last week, helping the Raptors tie a season-high with seven consecutive wins. He posted 18 points and 15 rebounds in a key Eastern Conference victory Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia and finished the week with a team-high 35-point performance Jan. 26 at San Antonio.
A native of Cameroon, Siakam was selected 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft following two seasons at New Mexico State. He was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player during the 2018-19 campaign and the MVP of the 2017 NBA G League Finals.