Lowry’s 14th year in the league saw him bounce back in a big way offensively. Across 58 games during the pandemic-shortened campaign, the veteran point guard averaged 19.4 points for the Raptors — the third-highest figure of his career. As usual, he complemented his scoring with across-the-board statistical production — 2.8 threes, 7.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game — en route to his sixth All-Star selection. Lowry set the pace early with a 36-point performance Nov. 11 against Milwaukee. That held up as his highest point total of the campaign. He delivered his first of two triple-doubles on the season in a Dec. 18 win over Detroit, picking up 20 points with 10 boards and 10 assists. On Feb. 12, Lowry notched his 16th career triple-double by collecting 12 points, 12 assists and 11 boards against the Nets. After the season resumed in the Orlando bubble, the 33-year-old set a career high in rebounds with 14 — along with 33 points and six assists — on Aug. 1 against the Lakers. Lowry went on to start all 11 of Toronto’s playoff games, double-doubling twice and ultimately averaging 17.7 points with 6.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.