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Through The Lens: The defining images of Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam's 2019-20 season

Pascal Siakam keeps getting better.

Following a breakout season in which he was named the NBA's Most Improved Player, Siakam has emerged as the No. 1 option on a Toronto Raptors team that currently has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. His averages of 23.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game helped him earn his first All-Star selection and make him a candidate for one of the All-NBA Teams that will be revealed at the season's end.

While the Raptors still have eight games remaining before the playoffs begin, Siakam had a number of memorable moments prior to the season being suspended.

From his historic season-opener to his performance in the 2020 All-Star Game, here's his season so far in 10 images.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

01 A historic start

October 22, 2019 - In Toronto's season-opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, Siakam led the Raptors to an overtime victory with 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists.

In the process, Siakam joined Vince Carter as the only players in franchise history to record at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a game. He also became only the fourth player in the last 40 seasons to post those numbers in a season opener.

Talk about a sign of what was to come.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

02 Tying his career high

November 8, 2019 - The Pelicans have a way of bringing the best out of Siakam.

Two weeks following his historic opening night performance, Siakam tied his career high with 44 points in another win over the Pelicans.

Siakam shot 17-for-28 from the field, 5-for-10 from 3-point range and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

03 Hard work pays off

December 18, 2019 - In an early season win over the Detroit Pistons, Siakam scored 26 points on 6-for-11 shooting from 3-point range, setting a new career high for 3s made in a game.

Equally as impressive as the total is how Siakam created those 3s. Whereas he was limited to taking catch-and-shoot 3s from the corners last season, four of Siakam's 3-pointers against the Pistons came either at the top of the perimeter or off the dribble.

Siakam is now up to 86 above the break 3s and 46 pull-up 3s on the season. Last season, he made 17 above the break 3s and one pull-up 3.

For the third year in a row, Siakam has completely transformed himself as a shooter.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

04 A brief setback

December 19, 2019 - Unfortunately, you can't talk about Siakam's season without mentioning the groin injury he suffered in that win over the Pistons that sidelined him for 11 straight games.

The Raptors survived without him, going 6-5 over a rather brutal stretch, but Siakam missed out on an opportunity to play on Christmas Day.

It was only the second time the franchise has ever played on Christmas Day. The Raptors missed Siakam greatly, falling to the Boston Celtics by a final score of 118-102 behind a 30-point showing from Jaylen Brown.

Siakam would return to the lineup on January 12, 2020, almost a month after suffering the injury. He finished with 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the field in a close loss to DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs in his return.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

05 An All-Star starter

January 23, 2020 - A day after a win over the Philadelphia 76ers in which he recorded 18 points and 15 rebounds, Siakam found out that he had made his first All-Star team.

Not only was it the first All-Star selection of his career, Siakam was voted in by the fans as a starter alongside Trae Young, Kemba Walker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid in the Eastern Conference.

Siakam became the seventh different Raptor to make an All-Star team, joining Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh and Antonio Davis.

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Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

06 The bright lights of Madison Square Garden

January 24, 2020 - It took Siakam some time to find his rhythm again once he returned from his groin injury. In the six games following his return, he averaged 16.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 percent from 3-point range.

Siakam got himself back on track with a 23-point showing against the New York Knicks in which he shot 9-for-15 from the field and 2-for-5 from the perimeter.

He came up big down the stretch with a clutch dunk and 3-pointer to secure the win.

Siakam has been one of the league's best clutch scorers this season. According to NBA.com, he's scored 75 clutch points, ranking him 25th in the league. Siakam has gotten those points efficiently, shooting 51.0 percent from the field and 81.5 percent from the free throw line with the game on the line.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

07 Setting a new franchise record

January 26, 2020 - You know how Siakam struggled in his return game against the Spurs?

It didn't take him long to get revenge.

Later in the same month, Siakam led the Raptors to a win over San Antonio with a game-high 35 points. 25 of those points came in the first quarter, setting a new franchise record.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

08 The streak continues

February 5, 2020 - It was a rough game overall for Siakam, but he still managed to come up big when the Raptors needed him most.

After scoring 15 points on 3-for-13 shooting from the field through the game's first three quarters, Siakam scored 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting in the fourth quarter of Toronto's comeback win over the Indiana Pacers.

Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka were responsible for all 37 of the team's points in the final period.

The win marked Toronto's 12th straight, setting a new franchise record. The Raptors would go on to win three more games to extend the streak to 15 consecutive victories.

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Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard [NBA Getty Images]

09 All-Star debut

February 16, 2020 - In his All-Star Game debut, Siakam scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

Siakam was the team's fifth-leading scorer behind Giannis Antetokounmpo (25), Kemba Walker (23), Joel Embiid (22) and Rudy Gobert (21).

The Raptors can only hope it's the first of many All-Star appearances to come for Siakam.

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Pascal Siakam (NBA Getty Images)

10 Constantly evolving

March 9, 2020 - Another game, another career high.

In Toronto's last game before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Siakam dished out a career-best eight assists.

Siakam came close to recording his first career triple-double, posting 27 points and 11 rebounds to go along with those eight assists.

Will Siakam be able to pick up from where he left off? Only time will tell.

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