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Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam reveals hardest player to guard, motivation to continue improving and more in Reddit AMA

On Tuesday, Pascal Siakam held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.

The Raptors forward fielded a number of questions from NBA fans, from when he first knew he had what it took to play in the NBA to how it felt playing as well as he did in Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he led Toronto to victory with 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting from the field.

With that in mind, here are some highlights from Siakam's AMA...

On what helps him relax

"For me what helps me with the chaos, it's my family. Having fun with family, playing video games, and listening to music calms me down and gets me away from the NBA world."

On if he's surprised by how he's grown as a player

"Nothing really surprises me. The things I'm able to do now, I've been working on them for years. Everything that's happening now is something I've been building on and every year I've improved."

On what motivates him to get better

"I focus on getting better and the present. Not thinking about what I can accomplish, and work on the things I need to work on - those things will get me there. I focus on working on my craft and the rest will take care of itself."

On how his life has changed

"My life hasn't changed, it's been the same. What's helped me with that is keeping my circle tight, having the people that care about me around me. It's always felt real and felt the same."

On the most meaningful compliment, he's received from an opponent

"Guys that come through LA in the summer - like Kevin Durant or Paul George always say they respect the work and see the improvement. It means a lot when your peers see your improvement."

On how it felt to go off in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

"It was the first NBA Finals game for me - I felt the energy from the crowd. It was an amazing game."

On when he knew he was destined for the NBA

"Sophomore year in college. It felt like everything was coming together as a player."

On his favourite moment from last season

"Parade was my favourite moment by far. The amount of people that showed up was crazy."

On who the hardest player to guard is

"James Harden, and I think Kevin Durant is up there too."

On his role this season as a No. 1 option

"I'm prepared for the moment. Obviously I have a lot to learn but it's a spot I'm comfortable being in."

For more, click here to check out Siakam's full AMA.

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