Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry
34-Year-Old GuardG
Toronto Raptors
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's not too surprising that this past season Lowry averaged his lowest points per game (14.2) since 2010-11 with the Rockets, as the point guard was joined by ball-dominant scorer Kawhi Leonard for the team's championship run. However, with the uptick in talent surrounding him last season, Lowry did average a career-high 8.7 assists per game. Now, entering his 14th NBA season, not only is Leonard gone, but so is sharp-shooter Danny Green, and Lowry may once again have to shoulder a larger offensive load at 33 years old. While that may add to Lowry's fantasy upside, it's unclear if the aging point guard has the ability to do so over the course of an 82-game season. Lowry is coming off a year where he shot just 34.7 percent from behind the arc, which is a significant drop in accuracy for a player who had shot 40.4 percent from deep over the course of his last three seasons. Also, with young point guard Fred VanVleet having a breakout 2018-19 campaign and a historic postseason, the Raptors now have the ability to put a limit on Lowry's regular-season. All things considered, if Lowry can stay healthy, he has the potential to increase his fantasy value given a presumed higher usage rate. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $31 million contract extension with the Raptors in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Kyle Terrell Lowry was born in 1986 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the son of Marie Halloway. Kyle has one older brother, Lonnie. Lowry played high school basketball at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philly before playing two years at Villanova. Kyle and his wife Ayahna co-founded the Lowry Love Foundation, which seeks to "touch the lives of the underprivileged and disadvantaged in order to promote their attainment of a better quality of life". Lowry was also a member of the USA national team that won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He enjoys golf and eating pancakes. Follow the point guard on Twitter (@Klow7) and Instagram (@kyle_lowry7).

College/International Summary

Kyle Lowry played two seasons of college ball -- the 2004-05 and 2005-06 campaigns -- at Villanova University. He mostly came off the bench as a freshman, starting three of 24 games and averaging 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23 minutes per game. At the end of the season, he was named Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year and also made the Big East All-Rookie Team. As a sophomore, he made the Big East honor roll once again and was selected to the All-Big East Second Team. During his sophomore year, Lowry started 31 of 33 games for the Wildcats, posting 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field. Lowry's 2005-06 Villanova squad finished at 28-5 and made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Florida. The energetic point guard then declared for the 2006 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 24th overall pick.

Commits nine turnovers in win
GToronto Raptors
August 9, 2020
Lowry had 15 points (4-12 FG, 2-9 3PT, 5-6 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals in Sunday's win over Memphis.
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While it wasn't Lowry's afternoon from the field, he led the Raptors in assists, and his seven boards were the second-most on the team behind Serge Ibaka's 12. Lowry did commit a season-high nine turnovers, however, in 37 minutes.
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2018

In 2018-2019, Lowry started 65 games at point guard for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors. He averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and a career-best 8.7 assists per tilt. Lowry finished second to Russell Westbrook in dimes per contest for the campaign. Lowry collected 20 double-doubles during the regular season. He dished out a season-high 17 assists Nov. 21 at Atlanta. Lowry scored a season-high 35 points at Detroit on March 3. Lowry's best playoff series was the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the six-game battle. Lowry shot 50.7 percent from the floor during that series. Lowry nearly tallied a triple-double in the title-clinching win over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Lowry accumulated team highs of 26 points and 10 assists while also snatching seven rebounds as the Raptors won their first NBA crown.

2017

Kyle Lowry has developed into a top-echelon NBA point guard. His sixth full season in Toronto resulted in continued high-level production from the Villanova product. Lowry's 16.2 points per game marked the sixth consecutive year he has finished with at least that number. He finished with double figure scoring in all but three of his first 41 games, including a season-high 41 points in a loss to Minnesota on Jan. 20. While Lowry's assists per game (6.9) remained steady, it was his improved rebounding numbers that were particularly impressive. Lowry's 5.6 rebounds per contest was by far the highest average of his career. Lowry finished with double-digit rebounds in a dozen games, an excellent number for a point guard. The Phialdephia native racked up three straight double-doubles in late November, including a season-high 13 rebounds in a victory over the Hawks on Nov. 25. Lowry hit more than 80 percent (85.4) of his free throws for a fifth consecutive season, while shooting at least 40 percent (42.7) from the floor for an eighth straight campaign. In addition, Lowry posted a pair of four-steal games to go along with a four-block performance against Denver on Mar. 27. The four rejections in a single contest marked the first time Lowry reached that plateau since the 2009-10 season. Lowry's Raptors finished at 59-23. They defeated the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Cleveland in the second round. Lowry delivered impressive per game averages of 17.4 points, 8.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals over Toronto's 10 post-season matches.

2016

Lowry, an already established All-Star, became a much more efficient player during the 2016-17 season. Versus the prior season, Lowry's shooting percentage improved from 42.7 to 46.4 percent, his three point accuracy increased from 38.8 to 41.2 percent and his effective field goal percentage increased from 51.6 to 56.9 percent. He even shot slightly better from the charity stripe (81.9 percent). This led to Lowry producing 22.4 points per game, the highest per-game average of his career. On Dec. 9, Lowry scored 34 points, with 21 in the second half, in a win over Boston. On Dec. 23, he posted 36 points in a win over Utah. On New Year's Day, Lowry scored a season-high 41 points, to go with nine rebounds and seven assists, in a win over the Lakers. On Feb. 5, Lowry delivered his ninth career triple-double with 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds during a win at Brooklyn. The next day, Lowry hit five three-pointers in a win over the Clippers and became the all-time franchise leader in made threes (802), passing Morris Peterson. On Feb. 19, Lowry would play 18 minutes as a reserve in his third career All-Star Game. After the ASG, however, Lowry's sore right wrist led to surgery and the point guard was forced to miss 18 games. Lowry returned for the last four games of the regular season. Toronto ended the season with an impressive 51-31 record and defeated Milwaukee in the first round of the playoffs. The Raptors then went on to face, yet again, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors lost Game 1 and Game 2, with Lowry suffering an ankle injury at the end of the second loss. The injury forced Lowry to miss the next two games, which the Cavs would win to win the series. Over eight playoff games, Lowry shot 46.2 percent from the field and averaged 15.8 points, 5.9 assists and 3.1 boards per contest.

2015

The 2015-16 season was Kyle Lowry's tenth in The Association and his fourth with the Raptors. The veteran point guard started in all 77 games in which he played for Toronto and was named to his second-consecutive All-Star Game, again as a starter. Lowry produced a career-high 21.2 points per game, aided by a career-best 2.8 three-pointers per contest. And his 2.1 steals per game ranked fourth in the NBA. Lowry also shot a career-best 38.8 percent from three-point land. The 29-year-old registered 12 double-doubles and one triple-double. On Jan. 18, Lowry tied his career high of made three-pointers in game with seven, scoring 31 points in a win over the Nets. On Feb. 22, the veteran guard registered his eighth career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a blowout win over the Knicks. On Feb. 26, Lowry scored a career-high 43 points, to go with nine assists, five boards and four steals, during a close home win over Cleveland. As the regular season ended, Lowry was battling bursitis in his shooting elbow, which negatively affected his shooting accuracy. Lowry's Raptors finished the season with a franchise-best 56-25 record and defeated the Pacers and Heat, respectively, in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Toronto faced LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals and eventually lost in six games. Over Toronto's 20 playoff games, Lowry averaged 19.1 points, 6.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per postseason contest.

2014

Lowry led the 2014-15 Toronto Raptors to a franchise-best 49-33 record. The aggressive point guard was also voted to his first All-Star Game as an Eastern Conference starter. On Nov. 5, Lowry scored 35 points in a win at Boston. On Nov. 7, Lowry became Toronto's all-time leader for triple-doubles (four) with a 13-point, 10-assist, and 11-rebound effort in a win over the Wizards. It was Lowry's sixth career triple-double. On Dec. 3, he scored a career-high 39 points, to go with five rebounds, four assists and one steal, in a win against the Jazz. On Dec. 9, Lowry posted 16 points and a season-high 14 assists in a loss at Cleveland. Over the course of the season. Lowry delivered 13 double-doubles. On Mar. 16, Lowry posted his second triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 dimes during a big win at Indiana. A back injury forced Lowry to miss nine games in March and April. Led by DeMar DeRozan and Lowry, the Raptors headed into the first round of the playoffs as favorites versus the Washington Wizards, though there were still lingering concerns with Lowry's health. The Raptors would lose in four straight games to the John Wall-led Wizards. Lowry produced 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per playoff contest while shooting an abysmal 31.6 percent from the field.

2013

With the early-season trade of Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan stepped up as the new leaders of the Toronto Raptors. Lowry entered the 2013-14 season as Toronto's starting point guard and delivered. Lowry's 2013-14 season, his eighth in The Association, was his breakout season. Over 79 games (all starts), Lowry delivered career highs in points (17.9), assists (7.4) and three-pointers made (2.4) per game. The stout point guard delivered 18 double-doubles and two triple-doubles. On New Year's Day, Lowry dished a season-high 14 assists, to go with 13 points, in a win over the Pacers. On Jan. 24, Lowry recorded a triple-double during a win over the 76ers with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. On Jan. 29, Lowry scored a season-high 33 points, to with 11 dimes and seven boards, during a win over Orlando. On March 9, Lowry posted his second triple-double of the season in a win at Minnesota. Lowry registered 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists during that win. The Raptors finished first in the Atlantic Division with a 48-34 record, but fell to the Brooklyn Nets in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Lowry averaged 21.1 points, 4.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest over Toronto's seven playoff games.

2012

On July 11, Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange a future first-round pick and wing Gary Forbes. With the trade, Toronto found its new starting point guard, as Lowry appeared in 68 games for the Raptors with 52 starts. Lowry shined in his first game with Toronto, delivering 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals in a close loss to the Pacers. He scored at least 20 points in each of his first three games with the Raptors until an ankle injury forced the point guard to miss six games in November. Lowry returned and played well, but a triceps injury in early-December forced the guard to miss another seven games. When Lowry was again healthy, he served as backup to Jose Calderon until Calderon was traded. Lowry returned to the starting point guard role on Jan. 30 and never looked back. Lowry started Toronto's last 37 games. Over that span, he averaged 10.1 points, 6.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per game. He finished the season averaging 11.6 points, 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per contest.

2011

During the lockout-shortened season of 2011-12, Kyle Lowry appeared in 47 games for the Rockets with 38 starts. Lowry led the Rockets in assists per game (6.6) and steals per game (1.6) and was second behind Kevin Martin in scoring. On Dec. 31, Lowry matched a career high with 18 assists during a win over Atlanta. On Jan. 14, Lowry posted a season-high 33 points, plus eight boards and nine assists, during a win over Portland. Lowry recorded a triple-double on Jan. 23 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win at Minnesota. The veteran point guard then missed 15 games in March and April due to an infection that required a hospital stay. Lowry's absence gave Goran Dragic an opportunity to shine. Lowry managed to return for a nine-game span in April, averaging 7.4 points and 4.1 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during that stretch.

2010

During the 2010-11 season, Lowry made the transition from "NBA reserve" to "NBA starter". The aggressive point guard started 71 of the 75 games he played in for the Rockets. More impressive was the jump in playing time, as Lowry went from 24.3 minutes per game last year to 34.2 minutes per contest in 2010-11. The increased floor time led to more dramatic production, as Lowry posted per game averages of 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.4 steals. On Dec. 3, he scored a career-high 28 points, plus 12 assists, in a victory over the Grizzlies. On Dec. 17, in another win over his former Memphis squad, Lowry banged out 17 points and a career-high 18 assists. On Jan. 14, he matched his season high with 28 points in a loss to New Orleans. On Feb. 16, Lowry scored a career-high 36 points during a loss to the 76ers. On Mar. 20, Lowry delivered his first career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win over the Jazz. The Rockets finished the year at 43-39 and narrowly missed the playoffs.

2009

The 2009-10 season, Lowry's fourth in The Association, was his first full season with the Houston Rockets. Lowry played in 68 games for the Rockets, coming off the bench in every game, primarily as Aaron Brooks' backup at point guard. Lowry's minutes per game increased slightly from 21.8 per game in 2008-09 to 24.3 per game in 2009-10. In fact, Lowry's production increased across the board, as he delivered per game averages of 9.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest. On Dec. 18, he arguably had his best game of the season. Lowry recorded a career-high 26 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and five steals in the win over the Dallas. Lowry finished the season ranked tied for second in the NBA in charges drawn (51). Lowry missed 12 games in February and March due to a left ankle sprain. On April 12, Lowry dished out a season-high 11 assists and scored 14 points during a win at Sacramento.

2008

Lowry opened the 2008-09 season with Memphis, but a three-team trade in February sent him to the Rockets. His production was nearly identical across the two stops, leaving Lowry with season averages of 7.6 points, 3.6 assists and 0.9 steals over the course of 77 games. He started 21 of those games, all as a member of the Grizzlies, though the Villanova product barely lost any playing time following the trade. He finished with a 43.5 field-goal percentage, edging out his 43.2 mark from the season before, and had a renaissance at the free-throw line with an 80.1 percent mark. He double-doubled as a member of the Grizzlies on Dec. 29 against Minnesota, notching 14 points and 12 assists. Lowry's biggest offensive effort of the season also came when he was still with Memphis, as he scored 25 points with seven assists against Cleveland on Jan. 13. Thanks to the trade, Lowry got his first taste of playoff experience. He appeared off the bench in all 13 of Houston's postseason contests, averaging 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.9 steals. Lowry's biggest performance of the playoffs came in Game 4 of the second round against the Lakers, when he scored 12 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

2007

Lowry returned at full strength for his sophomore season, playing in all 82 games (nine starts) for Memphis after a wrist injury cost him much of his rookie campaign. Lowry lifted his scoring average to 9.6 points per game and his assists to 3.6 while adding 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals, giving the Grizzlies well-rounded bench production. He also made his shots at a far better rate than in his small rookie sample, improving his field-goal percentage from 36.8 to 43.2. On Jan. 25 against Washington, Lowry recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists, adding a season-high five steals as well. The Villanova product went on to notch another five-steal game on Mar. 15. He ultimately tallied double-digit points 39 times and posted 16 games with six or more assists. On Mar. 4 against the Bulls, Lowry scored a career-high 24 points with four assists and two steals.

2006

Kyle Lowry was drafted in the first round with the 24th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies. The defensively stout point guard made his NBA debut on opening night, Nov. 1, at home against the Knicks. Lowry came off the bench for 28 minutes of action in the loss and delivered six points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Overall, Lowry appeared in 10 of Memphis' first 11 games. Over that spell, he posted per game averages of 5.6 points, 3.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and a noteworthy 1.4 steals over 18 minutes per contest. On Nov. 20, the rookie scored a season-high 16 points, plus dished six dimes and snagged five steals, during a win over Orlando. During that 10th game, a Nov. 21 loss at Cleveland, Lowry suffered a broken wrist. The injury resulted in season-ending surgery. Without Lowry, the bulk of Memphis' point guard minutes went to veterans Chucky Atkins and Damon Stoudamire. The Grizzlies finished the season at 22-60 and missed the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2006
    Drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2006 NBA Draft.
  • February 19, 2009
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Memphis Grizzlies to the Houston Rockets; the Houston Rockets traded Rafer Alston to the Orlando Magic; the Orlando Magic traded Brian Cook to the Houston Rockets; and the Orlando Magic traded Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks and a 2009 1st round draft pick (DeMarre Carroll was later selected) to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • July 11, 2012
    Traded by the Houston Rockets to the Toronto Raptors for Gary Forbes and a 2013 1st round draft pick (Steven Adams was later selected).
  • July 9, 2014
    Signed a four-year agreement with the Toronto Raptors.
  • May 12, 2017
    Declined player option with the Raptors for 2017-18 season.
  • July 7, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract with the Toronto Raptors
  • October 14, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract extension with the Toronto Raptors for the 2021-22 season (signing is extension on four-year deal signed in 2017).
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After playing just 60 games during the 2016-17 campaign, Lowry put together a relatively healthy season in 2017-18, seeing action in 78 of a possible 82 regular-season contests. However, the 32-year-old was monitored closely throughout the year and head coach Dwane Casey opted to lessen Lowry's workload to make sure he could keep his veteran point guard at full strength. Lowry averaged just 32.2 minutes per game -- down from 37.4 minutes a year prior -- signifying his lowest mark since the 2012-13 campaign. That decrease in playing time unsurprisingly meant his numbers were going to fall across the board, though most notably was Lowry's scoring, which fell to 16.2 points per game after averaging a career-high 22.4 a year prior. He still shot a solid 42.7 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from deep, but took only 12.1 field goal attempts, a distant second to DeMar DeRozan's 17.7. Lowry did become a more active rebounder with a career-high 5.6 rebounds, in addition to 6.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.1 three-pointers, all of which boosted his multi-category production and earned him his fourth straight All-Star appearance. Of course, the season was still a disappointment, as the Raptors were swept by the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. That prompted the organization to make a splash on the trade market this summer, dealing DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the Spurs in exchange for superstar Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. In Leonard's last full season (he played just nine games last year), he put up 17.7 shot attempts per game, which was identical to DeRozan's numbers from 2017-18. As a result, it's safe to assume Lowry's touches and attempts shouldn't be drastically impacted. In addition, Leonard is a more efficient player that has better range than DeRozan, so he'll draw even more of the defensive attention, which allows Lowry more open looks and better pathways to the rim. With all that said, Lowry appears to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Leonard's addition when looking at the roster, so it wouldn't be surprising if he saw a slight uptick in his production across the board, especially on the offensive side of the ball. That should keep Lowry as a borderline top-10 point guard in Fantasy leagues, as his well-rounded game and solid percentages should help chip away at deficits throughout the season.
Despite turning 30 years old, Lowry once again took his game to another level during the 2016-17 campaign, earning his third straight NBA All-Star appearance in the process. He shot career-highs with 46.4 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the three-point line, which translated to 22.4 points per game, also a career high. His additional scoring load didn't take away from his ability to be one of the best distributors in the NBA either, as he dished out 7.0 assists per contest -- his best mark since the 2013-14 season -- while also adding 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.2 three-pointers across 37.4 minutes. With both Lowry and Serge Ibaka free agents this offseason, the Raptors took their time contemplating whether this group of players could get Toronto over the hump and beat the likes of the Cavaliers and Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, they ultimately felt it was in the their best interest to re-sign both, with Lowry coming home with a monster three-year, $100 million contract extension and Ibaka grabbing a three-year, $65 million deal. Ibaka's presence as a floor-stretching big should do wonders for opening up the floor once again, allowing Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to form one of the best playmaking backcourts in the NBA. With nearly the entire roster back from last year's semifinals run, Lowry shouldn't see a drastic change in his overall production. It may be tough for him to match his impressive numbers from deep, but if everything else stays relativly the same, Lowry should be a top-10 Fantasy point guard once again.
No player was more integral than Lowry to the Raptors’ franchise-record 56-win season, which culminated in a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Lowry had already established himself as an upper-tier point guard with back-to-back seasons in which he averaged just under 18 points per game, but he was finally able to crack an All-NBA team in 2015-16 after bumping up his scoring to a career-high 21.2 points per game. Additionally, Lowry chipped in 6.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 three-pointers and 2.1 steals in 37.0 minutes per game, making him a well-rounded producer for his fantasy owners. Lowry’s huge minutes load appeared to eventually catch up with him late in the season and playoffs when he battled a sore elbow, but his ability to hit big shots and ignite the team when the offense stagnated left the Raptors content to live and die by him. At 30 years old, Lowry may have fewer All-Star years left in him than some of the other top point guards, but a dramatic backslide shouldn’t begin in 2016-17. With the ability to opt of his contract after the season and pursue a max deal, Lowry has plenty of incentive to continue attacking the rim at will and putting up three-point attempts, especially if he’s able to stick around last season’s career-best 38.8 percent mark from distance.
Expectations were high for Lowry coming off a career year, and for a while, he was meeting and even exceeding them, but injuries ground him down and by the time the playoffs rolled around he was a shell of his normal self. His final numbers were similar to 2013-14, as he averaged 35 minutes, 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.9 three-pointers while shooting 41 percent from the floor, 34 percent from three-point range, and 81 percent from the free-throw line in 70 games, but his numbers before and after the All-Star break were night and day as his points, assists, and field goal percentage all suffered significant drops in the second half. Lowry's small stature and pugnacious, full-throttle playing style is always going to leave him susceptible to bumps and bruises, so Raptors GM Masai Ujiri spent the offseason bringing in players better suited to taking some of the load off Lowry's shoulders, signing Canadian combo guard Cory Joseph away from the Spurs and drafting defensive-minded point guard Delon Wright. The reinforcements may not result in a decrease in Lowry's court time given how key he is to the team's success, but they do leave the club in a better position to handle his seemingly inevitable absences.
Lowry seemed like a sure bet to get dealt to a contender last season, but a funny thing happened. He matured, both on and off the court, and took charge of a Raptors team that surprised everyone and made the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Impressed with Lowry's production, general manager Masai Ujiri signed him to a four-year, $48 million contract on the second day of free agency to keep him in Toronto as the Raptors' starting point guard. Lowry will look to build on a campaign in which he started a career-high 79 games and averaged career-highs of 17.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers in 36 minutes per game while shooting 42 percent from the floor, 38 percent from beyond the arc, and 81 percent from the free-throw line. His uptempo, bulldog style fits well with DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, and Amir Johnson, and as one of the (relatively speaking) grizzled veterans on a young, athletic roster, the only thing standing between Lowry and another strong fantasy season is his ability to stay healthy.
It's put up or shut up time for Kyle Lowry. After years being stuck in job-shares, he was finally handed the keys to an offense of his own last season when the Raptors dealt Jose Calderon. And just like a new driver given the keys to dad's car, he hit a curb, scratched up the bumper and left the thing with no gas at all. Limited – as is his wont – by a series of nagging injuries, Lowry finished the season with a four-year low scoring average of 11.6 ppg to go with 6.4 assists and 4.7 boards per game, shooting 40 percent from the floor. And despite the fact that he was Toronto's nominal starter for much of the season, his minute-per-game average dropped to 30. There was talk that new general manager Masai Ujiri would look for help at the point guard spot this summer, but for now, the job belongs to Lowry, and apart from D.J. Augustin, who is more of a scorer than floor general, there really isn't an established alternative on Toronto's roster. Lowry has reportedly dropped 10-to-15 pounds in the hopes of staying healthy this season. He should have plenty of motivation; his contract expires after this season. If he struggles to stay on the floor again, he could factor into a lot of trade rumors come February.
Kyle Lowry is one of the NBA's biggest teases. He always plays well when given an opportunity, but always seems to get stuck in a platoon. Last year was another great example. Lowry was playing at an All-Star level, but wound up clashing with Rockets coach Kevin McHale--and missing time due to a sports hernia. He became "Plan B" for Toronto when they lost out on Steve Nash, and could thrive as the Raptors' lead guard, but general manager Bryan Colangelo still hasn't resolved Jose Calderon's status. It seems unlikely that the Raptors will pay the Spaniard over $10 million to sit on the bench. As such, Lowry could be stuck in yet another job share--at least until Colangelo can move Calderon's deal, which expires after this season. Lowry is a very good rebounder for his size and position.
Lowry has been teasing us with his potential for years, but only in limited opportunities as a backup to Mike Conley Jr., Aaron Brooks and others. When Brooks sprained his ankle last November, Lowry finally got the opportunity to run a team on a full-time basis. And he made the most of it, playing well enough to make Brooks expendable; 2010�s most-improved player was dealt to Phoenix for a draft pick in February. Lowry closed out his first season as a full-time starter with impressive averages of 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 boards and 1.4 steals in just over 34 minutes per game, and shot a respectable .426 from the floor and .376 from three. He�ll go into training camp as the top name on Kevin McHale�s point guard depth chart. One area of concern � Lowry�s three-point percentage last season was more than 100 points higher than the previous year, and well above his career average of .317. If he regresses to the numbers we�ve seen for most of his career, his value would take a significant hit.
Lowry is once again set to backup point guard Aaron Brooks in Houston. He has shown an ability to rack up decent stats in limited minutes before, but Lowry will likely need an injury to Brooks in order to fulfill his fantasy potential.
Houston's backup point guard lacks the jaw-dropping quickness of teammate Aaron Brooks, but he's an efficient, pass-first floor general who makes good decisions and understands the game. Lowry should have a significant role in the rotation from the outset, and if Brooks struggles to build on last year's success, Lowry could even take over.
Lowry was largely a reserve for the Grizzlies last season, but was able to make a few starts at each of the guard positions, but is more of a one guard than two. He is a bit small but possesses great speed and athletic ability. It's too bad that Mike Conley sits above him on the depth chart, as Lowry has proven that he can put up numbers when given the minutes (14.5 points, 4.67 assists, 1.5 when playing more than 30 minutes). Javaris Crittenton's emergence last season doesn't help Lowry's cause and may make him expendable at some point during the season. He's a sleeper if he ends up in a favorable situation or if Conley goes down.
Lowry played in only 10 games his rookie season before breaking his wrist. Though Lowry did show some potential in his brief rookie campaign, the addition of Mike Conley, Jr. means he won't see a whole lot of time on the court. He will still get some time in the rotation - more if Damon Stoudamire is traded at some point.
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