Kyle Lowry had a career season with the Toronto Raptors, combining a potent offensive arsenal with his gritty defense. He has become an all-star level player capable of competing on both ends of the court. His competitive edge and willingness to guard opposing players make him a very good fit next to Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lowry struggled to find consistent playing time early in his career, often finding himself in arguments with coaches. This lead to him being a backup and not getting extensive minutes unless injuries started to affect the team. He often put up good numbers when he was playing more minutes, but just couldn’t find a way to stay on the court.
With little competition from the point guard spot and more opportunities to play on the ball, he has finally put together a strong season from start to finish. He has always been a good playmaker, but has really improved his three-point shooting in recent years, making him harder to guard off of the pick and roll. He is a very good rebounder from the guard position, and isn’t afraid to mix it up down low.
Lowry is also a very good defender, one who often doesn’t get enough credit on that side of the court. What he lacks in height, he makes up for with strength and pure desire. He doesn’t back down from anyone, and makes it uncomfortable for players to handle the ball against him.
The Lakers have lacked a steady defensive presence from the guard position for a while, and need someone willing to guard opposing point guards next to Bryant. Lowry can also handle the ball and create for his teammates, or spot up on the wing to help space the floor. His gritty playing style should work well with Bryant, who appreciates teammates who give it their all on the court.
After Lowry’s successful season, it is likely that he will be looking for more money. He may not be the superstar that the team is looking for, but he is a very good player who can become a very important piece going forward. The Lakers have enough cap space to make him a reasonable offer, and possibly pair him with Bryant in the backcourt.