Some good news for the Toronto Raptors after they’ve departed the bubble. After Terence Davis was named to the All-Rookie Second Team the other day, teammate Pascal Siakam has joined him as an award-winner, albeit at a much larger level. Siakam was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2019-20 season. He averaged 22.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.4 blocks per game this year on 45.3/35.9/79.2 shooting splits. He placed 10th in total votes and fourth in votes for forwards, behind only LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kawhi Leonard.
Because of Siakam’s contract extension kicking in this upcoming season, Siakam’s All-NBA placement actually changes Toronto’s cap picture. As a result of his Second Team award, he will earn 28 percent of the team’s cap going forward, rather than the 25 percent if he hadn’t been named to an All-NBA team.
Going forward, Siakam will be paid as Toronto’s best player. He’ll earn, assuming current cap projections, $146M over the course of his upcoming four-year contract. He’s already starting to earn accolades in keeping with that status, considering last year’s Most Improved Player award and this year’s All-NBA placement. His three-point shooting improved dramatically throughout the season, as did his passing and initiation ability. His play for the majority of the regular season was stellar as he eased his way into his new role as Toronto’s first scoring option.