Ranking Kyle Lowry Among the Raptors' Top 5 All-Time Point Guards

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Ranking Kyle Lowry Among the Raptors' Top 5 All-Time Point Guards
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Let us take a look at the top five point guards in Raptors history, and what Kyle Lowry can learn from them.  Lowry is expected to win or already have the starting point guard job in Toronto. He will take over from the franchise all-time leader in assists, Jose Calderon.

The Raptors, for all their shortcomings as a franchise, have always featured some pretty talented point guards over the years. So we will not just stick Lowry in the top five without having played a game for the Raptors. In this trip down memory lane, we will try and suggest what Lowry can learn from the guys on this list.

Lowry began his career back in 2006-07 with Memphis, the same year the Raptors drafted Andrea Bargnani number one overall in the NBA Draft. So this will be season number seven for both.

Here are Lowry career totals to date:

  • Games Played: 359 (Started in 139 of those)
  • Points: 3,772 (Last season was his best in terms of average with 14.3 point per game)
  • Assists: 1,718 (Best Season was 2010-11 where he averaged 6.7 assists )
  • Rebounds: 1,240 (Best Season was last season averaging 4.8 rebounds per game)
  • Field goal percentage: 42 percent (2008-09 where he split time with Memphis and Houston was his 43.5 percent)
  • Three point percentage: 33 percent (2010-11 was his best at 37.6 percent with the Rockets)
  • Free throw percentage: 78.3 percent (Technically his best season was his rookie year with 89.3 percent but that was on just 28 attempts, Last Season was his best otherwise at 86.4 percent)
  • Turnovers: 660 (Had his most turnovers last season averaging 2.8 per game) 

Here is a scary comparison according to a formula used by the folks over at basketball-reference.com. They say the most comparable player to Lowry through six years in the NBA is Travis Best. The long-time Pacer had a 10-year NBA career in which he only started 148 of 708 games played.

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