The NBA announced Friday that Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has been named by Commissioner Adam Silver as an injury replacement for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Siakam will participate in his second All-Star Game after being voted a starter in 2020.
Siakam is averaging career highs of 25.0 points and 6.2 assists, along with 8.0 rebounds and 37.5 minutes (first in the NBA), in 46 games this season. He currently ranks inside the top 20 in both scoring and assists, and is the only player in the Eastern Conference averaging at least 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
A native of Douala, Cameroon, Siakam is shooting .475 (412-867) from the field, .326 (61-187) from three-point range and .767 (263-343) at the free throw line this season. He has scored 20+ points in 35 games, 30 or more eight times and recorded 16 double-doubles, including two triple-doubles.
Highlighting Siakam’s season was a career-high 52-point performance (17-25 FG, 2-6 3PT, 16-18 FT) Dec. 21 at New York. Siakam became just the fifth player in franchise history to score 50 points in a game, joining Vince Carter, Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet. He also became just the seventh visiting team player to reach the 50-point mark at the current Madison Square Garden, and the first since James Harden in 2019.