It’s tough to be a fan of the Toronto Raptors lately. The team isn’t going anywhere soon except for continuous draft lotteries, and a championship seems to be out of the question for many years to come.
New general manager Masai Ujiri has made a few moves to try and help improve the future of the franchise, and he definitely deserves some credit for the things he has done so far. Getting rid of the contract of Andrea Bargnani seemed nearly impossible, but Ujiri made it happen.
Heading into 2013, the Raptors are set to allow Kyle Lowry to run the point for his second year in Toronto and if you’re not excited about that, well, I can’t blame you.
Since coming into the NBA in 2006 out of Villanova, Lowry has evolved into a semi-decent player. A career average of 10.6 points, 5.0 assists and 41.7 is as mediocre as it gets with NBA point guards, and well, Lowry is just plain boring.
With the Houston Rockets, it looked like he might break out. Two seasons playing over 30 minutes per game allowed him to put up career highs in both points and assists, but still, they were nothing too special.
It feels like Lowry was a star waiting to happen, but he just never got to that point. He had shown flashes of being an excellent pro, he really did. I had some hope for the Raptors after they brought him in, but alas, I see that nothing has really changed.
If Lowry wants to take it up a notch anytime soon, I think his critics would be just fine with that. The Raptors need a leader on the court, and he just isn’t the guy — at least for now. Lowry has to step up and simply do more in every single aspect of the game this season. If he doesn’t, he may solidify himself as the epitome of mediocre.