Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Lowry is still growing as a leader.
After last season’s tumultuous ride, Raptors fans are well versed in the tale of Kyle Lowry.
He’s a 6’0” point guard with toughness, speed and strength.
He's a shoot-first, injury-prone player who's still learning how to be a leader.
And he’s capable of completely dominating ballgames.
As of right now, those first two points might as well be facts. The third point, however, is conditional on his development and maturity as a player. Lowry really is that talented—he can shoot, drive, finish at the rim, rebound, pass and lead.
The problem is, we only we get to see a few of those aspects of his game at a time. Yes, it’s a testimony to his versatility, but it’s also proof of the inconsistency in his all-around game.
Consider these box scores:
On April 14 against the Brooklyn Nets, he had seven points, six assists and nine rebounds.
With 2-of-10 shooting.
On January 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers, he had 11 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.
With five turnovers.
Clearly, there’s not a lot on the court that Lowry is incapable of doing. When he’s hot and focused, he can absolutely wreck an opposing team’s defense.
Lowry’s never been an all-star, but if he can average 17 points, six assists and six rebounds, coaches will have no choice but to include him in the conversation.
Here’s one last box score to make note of:
Against the Sacramento Kings on December 5, he had 34 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.