Pascal Siakam is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who represents the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He was the 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft.
Nicknamed "Spicy P", he was assigned to the G League as a rookie in 2017 and subsequently led the Raptors 905 to a league championship and picked up the Finals MVP along the way.
Siakam enrolled at the New Mexico State University. After having an injury early on in the season, he was back in the lineup and then went on to win the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors by the next season. During his third season for the Aggies, he averaged 20.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He later on won the WAC Player of the Year award.
In his first season for the Toronto Raptors, Pascal spent a lot of time on the bench. However, he did play crucial parts in their victories and marked his season-high against the Atlanta Hawks when he dropped 14 points. Eventually he was assigned to their G League team and played accordingly for the Raptors as well as their affiliate team.
His second year for the Canadian team went pretty much similar to his rookie year and went on to cement his place as productive bench player for Toronto.
Entering the 2018-19 season, Siakam was a force to contend with as a two-way player and averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds for the season. His shooting proficiency increased dramatically. He racked up 44 points in a new career-high against the Washington Wizards, as the Raptors steam rolled their way to the NBA Finals.
In Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals, Spicy P dropped 32 points against the Golden State Warriors as the Raptors went on to capture their first NBA Championship with Siakam playing a huge part. He later went on to win the Most Improved Player of the Year award and agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $130 million with the Toronto Raptors.
So far this campaign, Siakam is having his best year to date as he is averaging 23.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting nearly 37% from beyond the arc as he looks to lead the Raptors to another championship.