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Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam named 2020 NBA all-star game starter

Raptors’ Siakam named starter in his first NBA All-Star Game
WATCH: Toronto Raptor Pascal Siakam has been named a starter in his first-ever NBA All-Star Game. As Mike Drolet explains, in just four years, Siakam went from a NBA nobody to an NBA all-star.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam wrote another page in his stunning NBA story on Thursday when he was named a starter for the Eastern Conference team for this year’s NBA all-star game.

The starters were chosen by fan balloting.

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is expected to be an all-star reserve. The reserves are chosen by the head coaches in each conference, and will be announced Jan. 30.

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The 25-year-old Siakam has averaged 23.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game this season – all career highs. Toronto is just a point out of second place in the East and riding a five-game winning streak.

Siakam’s selection Thursday marked the sixth consecutive year the Raptors have an all-star starter. They’re the only NBA team during that time span that can say that.

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Leonard started last season. Kyle Lowry started in 2015 and 2016, while DeMar DeRozan started in 2017 and 2018.