Toronto Raptors: Why Kyle Lowry Can Become a Top 10 Point Guard in the NBA

Patrick Yaghoobians@PyaghoobiansAnalyst IISeptember 5, 2012

Apr 18, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry (7) sets the play as Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (2) defends during the third quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 117-110. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Kyle Lowry, now of the Toronto Raptors, has been an under-the-radar point guard for most of his NBA career.

Up until last season, not many people knew much about him. After putting up near triple-double stats last season, that all changed.

Lowry showed fans that he was at least a top 15 point guard last season. He can score, pass, rebound and play stingy defense.

Despite being one of the smaller guards in the NBA (6'0''), he is tough. Lowry's best aspect of his game is his defensive ability. Despite his size, he still makes it hard for point guards to make a play.

On offense, Lowry is capable of scoring, but his .420 career field-goal percentage shows his propensity to take tough shots. Fortunately, his playmaking ability has improved over the years, and this season, he has better teammates around him who can score.

The Raptors are not one of the leagues most popular teams, but with many new players, and coach Dwane Casey changing the dynamic of this team, the Raptors could be headed toward a playoff appearance for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Alvin Williams, a former Raptor's point guard and current director of player development, will also help Lowry. Williams and Lowry have a very close relationship together, and working with Williams will be a big plus for Lowry.

Although it is unlikely he will become a top-tier point guard, Lowry does have the chance to be mentioned with players like Ty Lawson, Mike Conley Jr. and Jrue Holiday.


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