Toronto Raptors Player Profile: Kyle Lowry

By Craig Ballard
Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

In the 2006 NBA Draft the Memphis Grizzles selected Kyle Lowry with the 24th overall pick out of  Villanova University. He was good for the Grizzlies and even better for the team he would be traded to. That team is the Houston Rockets. In Houston, Lowry really established himself as a legit NBA point guard. He established career-highs in scoring, assists, steals, and rebounds during his 3+ seasons there.

A few months ago the Toronto Raptors struck out in their attempt to land Steve Nash, but they quickly turned their attention to the Rockets. It seemed inevitable that despite his good play in Houston we were going to see Lowry and the Rockets part ways. The Raps swooped in and traded Gary Forbes and a future 1st round draft pick to land Lowry. I personally am excited about Lowry’s game and what he brings to Canada.

Lowry worked himself into a starters role for the past two seasons. His increased playing time has resulted in increased results. He is a 33% 3-point shooter in his career, but 38% and 37% the last 2 seasons. Lowry can draw fouls with his aggressive play, and he shoots well from the foul line (career-high 86% from charity stripe last season).

Lowry has increased his scoring in three straight seasons. Last season he averaged a career-high 14.3 points per game.

As exciting as his increased offensive production has been, it is his defense that surely has Dwane Casey thrilled. Lowry is a bulldog on D. He is all-in when it comes to drawing charges.

He has not been happy in the past when there is another PG that his team gives playing time to, but I do not anticipate such issues in the T-Dot. Jose Calderon is the dictionary definition of a team-first guy who has shared playing time amicably with numerous PGs in the past.

As a facilitator Lowry averages 4.8 assists per game in his career, but the last 2 seasons he has been at 6.7 and 6.6. His rebounds have also increased lately.

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