The NBA announced Tuesday that forward Pascal Siakam has been named to the 2021-22 All-NBA Third Team. Siakam earned All-NBA honours for the second time in his career after being named to the second team following the 2019-20 campaign.
In 68 games this season, Siakam averaged 22.8 points (15th in the NBA), and career highs of 8.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 37.9 minutes. He shot .494 (596-1207) from the field, .344 (75-218) from three-point range and .749 (284-379) at the free throw line. Siakam scored 20+ points 46 times, 30 or more in 14 games and recorded 30 double-doubles.
A native of Cameroon, Siakam was one of only five players in the NBA to average 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and LeBron James. He became the first player in Raptors history to average 22/8/5 for an entire season.
Highlighting Siakam’s season was his second career-triple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best 13 assists Mar. 30 vs. Minnesota. He poured in a season-high 40 points (17-29 FG, 6-8 FT) Mar. 28 against Boston and scored 20 or more points in a career-best eight straight games (Mar. 3-16), averaging 27.8 points during this streak. Siakam was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (Week 16: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6) for the fourth time in his career, after averaging 24.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in four victories. He made his season debut Nov. 7 against Brooklyn after sitting out the first 10 games to recover from left shoulder surgery.
The 2021-22 All-NBA Team was selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Players were awarded five points for each vote to the All-NBA First Team, three points for each vote to the second team and one point for each vote to the third team. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position at which they received the most voting points.
Following two seasons at New Mexico State, Siakam was picked 27th overall by the Raptors in the 2016 NBA Draft. He owns career averages of 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 29.5 minutes in 400 career games and is just the third player in franchise history to receive All-NBA honours multiple times, joining Vince Carter (twice) and DeMar DeRozan (twice).