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NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Kyle Lowry

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NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Kyle Lowry

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Kyle Lowry was one of the biggest snubs for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. After the Toronto Raptors traded away their best player in Rudy Gay, Lowry stepped up his game and has the Raptors in position to make the playoffs. He is averaging 16.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. The points and assist are career-highs while the rebounding is about on par with what he usually does.

The Eastern Conference only has two point guards on their team in John Wall and Kyrie Irving. With stars like Derrick Rose, Deron Williams and Rajon Rondo missing a lot of time due to injury, this was Lowry's best chance to make the team. His teammate DeMar DeRozan was selected for the first time in his career, and DeRozan's numbers are up across the board in large part because of the play of Lowry.

Lowry was splitting time with Jose Calderon ever since the Raptors acquired him, so this was his first chance to be the full time starter. His 36 minutes per game are up seven from last season. He has also taken three more shots per game and is shooting over 40 percent from three for the first time in his career.

Toronto is surprising a lot of people by having the third best record in the East. They are up four games in the Atlantic Division over the Brooklyn Nets and have a legitimate shot at getting into the second round of the playoffs. However, they are not a legitimate contender in the East and are still a couple years away from being one. With Lowry's contract expiring at the end of the season, they may look to deal him at the Trade Deadline. They have a capable backup in Greivis Vasquez and could still make the playoffs with him at the point guard.

If one of these contenders put out the right package, they could get Lowry to make a push in the playoffs and get to the NBA Finals.

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5. Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets just lost Nate Robinson for the season, and Kyle Lowry could take his place in the rotation. He provides more versatility than Robinson and his new found three-point game would allow him to play alongside Ty Lawson.

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4. Houston Rockets

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If Houston traded for Lowry it would give them the ability to make another big move and save money. With Lowry at point guard they could package Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to try and get another big time player like Greg Monroe or Jeff Green. A lineup of Lowry, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Jeff Green and Dwight Howard could win the NBA title this year.

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3. New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks have been starting two point guards over the last couple weeks. Lowry would be an upgrade over Pablo Prigioni and can cover a lot of the shooting guards in the East.

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2. Indiana Pacers

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If the Indiana Pacers want to win the NBA title, Kyle Lowry could be the missing piece. George Hill is a terrible defender and doesn't make plays for anyone else on the team. Lowry is a better defender and can set up his teammates while moving Hill into a bench role and providing depth.

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1. Chicago Bulls

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After losing Derrick Rose for the season and trading away Luol Deng, it seemed like the Chicago Bulls were going to throw in the towel this season. However, they have been one of the hottest teams over the last three weeks and have a chance to finish in the top 4 in the East. With Rose coming back next year they only need a one year rental and could trade away one of the picks they got from the Cavaliers in the Deng deal.