The trade that dominated the most headlines leading up the NBA Trade Deadline was undoubtedly the deal that sent Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Most of the talk centered around Gay, a potential star, coming to Toronto. However, one of the things that is often overlooked is the fact that the Raptors sent away Jose Calderon.
With Calderon off the roster, that obviously put the majority of point guard duties on the shoulders of Kyle Lowry. Lowry is pretty well-known around the league as a guard that can shoot the deep-ball and effectively run an offense. However, he hasn’t shown much of that since the big trade went down.
Lowry has started all 29 games at point guard for the Raptors since Calderon was traded away and has averaged a hefty 32 minutes per game since the trade. However, he hasn’t delivered production that a starting point guard should. In the 29 games, he has averaged only 10 points, 6.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
The problem with Lowry this season hasn’t really been that his play hasn’t been proficient. It’s certainly not been other-worldly production, but it’s been passable. The real issue has been the fact that, since taking sole control as the Raptors’ point guard, he has shot just 38.6% from the field and only 3% from beyond-the-arc. He’s never been the greatest all-around shooter, shooting just 41.8% for his career, but he has been a 37.5% three-point shooter over the past three years. Both of those have noticeably tapered off.
As the Raptors look towards the future of their franchise with plans to make major moves this off-season, they have to consider how poorly Lowry has performed this season as their primary point guard. That doesn’t mean they should trade him, because he is an undeniably talented player. However, it does mean that they may need to look for ways to make him more effective in this new role.