Kyle Lowry is once again an NBA All-Star. Was there ever any doubt?
Lowry has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, joining his backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan in New Orleans on February 19. This is the third straight year the point guard has been given the distinction.
Joining Lowry for the East is Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Kevin Love, Paul George, Kemba Walker and Paul Millsap. Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan and Gordon Hayward will come off the bench for the Western squad.
Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade will likely be pointed to as the biggest snubs for the East All-Stars, while Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge Karl-Anthony Towns and Chris Paul also made a good case to be in Louisiana. Paul is currently injured, but many fans and pundits around the NBA felt he deserved it regardless.
While DeRozan is having the best season of his career, Lowry is the engine that makes the Raptors go. The Villanova product is averaging 22.4 points and 6.9 assists while shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from downtown through 45 games.
It might be hard for new Raptors fans to totally understand how far Lowry has come since joining the team in 2012. It wasn’t that long ago when he was labeled as a problem child while getting limited minutes in Memphis and Houston, but the Philadelphia native has blossomed into a star since coming to Canada.
A soon-to-be unrestricted free-agent, re-signing Lowry will be the top priority for Raps general manager Masai Ujiri in the upcoming offseason.
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