Kyle Lowry

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Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry as a Toronto Raptor.jpg
Kyle Lowry as a Toronto Raptor
No. 7 – Toronto Raptors
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-03-25) March 25, 1986 (age 28)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Cardinal Dougherty
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Villanova (2004–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
20062009 Memphis Grizzlies
20092012 Houston Rockets
2012–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards

Kyle Lowry (born March 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia and declared for the NBA draft after two seasons with Villanova University under coach Jay Wright. He was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 24th pick in the 2006 NBA draft.

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Villanova, Lowry was named to the Big East All-Rookie team and was tabbed Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year. In 24 games (3 starts), he averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.[1][2]

In his sophomore season, he was named to the All Big East Second Team, as well as the First Team All-Big 5. In 33 games (31 starts), he averaged 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game.[1][2]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Villanova 24 3 23.2 .421 .227 .635 3.2 2.0 1.3 .2 7.5
2005–06 Villanova 33 31 29.3 .466 .444 .786 4.3 3.7 2.3 .2 11.0

NBA career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

Lowry was selected with the 24th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2006 NBA draft. On July 9, 2006, he signed a two-year rookie deal with the Grizzlies, and subsequently joined the Grizzlies for the 2006 NBA Summer League.[3] On opening night against the New York Knicks with Damon Stoudamire leaving the game early due to injury, Lowry played for 28 minutes, posting 6 points[4] (1-4 from the field, 4-4 from the free throw line), 3 assists, 2 steals, a block, and 10 rebounds.[5] However, his rookie season was ended after just 10 games due to a broken wrist suffered at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena on November 21, 2006.[6] Eight days later he underwent successful surgery on it.[7] He averaged 5.6 points per game, 3.10 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game. The next season (2007–08), on December 7, 2007, Lowry registered 14 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists[8] in 50 minutes[9] in a 118–116 Grizzlies overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets.

Houston Rockets[edit]

At the NBA trade deadline on February 19, 2009, Lowry was traded by Memphis to the Houston Rockets in a three-team deal involving the Orlando Magic.[10]

After 2009–10 NBA season, Lowry became a restricted free agent. On July 14, 2010, he signed an offer sheet of four years and $23 million tendered by the Cleveland Cavaliers.[11] One week later, the Rockets matched the offer.[12]

On December 3, 2010, Lowry scored 28 points and had a career-tying 12 assists to go with his three rebounds and two steals in a 127-116 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. On December 7, 2010, he again tied his career-high 12 assists, and added a career-high 6 steals against the Detroit Pistons. On December 17, 2010, Lowry set a new career-high 18 assists, to go along with 17 points and 5 steals in a 103-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

On February 16, 2011, Lowry scored a career-high 36 points in the Rockets' final game before the All-Star Break. He connected with his first 11 shots (finishing 13-16 overall) in a loss against his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers.

On March 20, 2011, Lowry scored 28 points, 10 assists and career-high 11 rebounds in a 110-108 home victory over Utah Jazz to complete his first career triple-double. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career, for his performance between March 14 and March 20, 2011. During the week, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.5 assists and 7.3 rebounds, shooting 52.6 percent and 45 percent of his 3s to lead the Houston Rockets to a 4-0 record of the week.

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On July 11, 2012, Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Gary Forbes and a future first round pick.[13] Lowry averaged over 23 points and seven assists through the first three games of the season, but was injured during the team's fourth game, a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 6, 2012. [14] Upon his return he came off the bench behind José Calderón, but regained the starting position when Calderón was traded in a three-team deal on January 30, 2013 that brought Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay to the Raptors.[15] Despite the trade, which was meant to help the struggling Raptors return to relevance, the team finished the season with a 34-48 record, missing the playoffs.

The Raptors started the 2013–14 season with a 6-12 record, until Gay was traded to the Sacramento Kings by Masai Ujiri, who had replaced Bryan Colangelo as the team's general manager that off-season. Following the trade, Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan approached Lowry and the two decided to take ownership of the team, knowing they could both be traded if the team's management decided to rebuild rather than compete for a playoff spot. [16] Lowry's name was linked to several teams, most frequently the New York Knicks, in trade rumours, but the Knicks were reportedly unwilling to send a first round pick to Toronto in exchange for Lowry. [17] The post-Gay Raptors quickly emerged as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and many cited Lowry's strong play and leadership as a significant factor in their success. [18] The team finished the season with a franchise-best 48-34 record, third in the Eastern Conference and first in the Atlantic Division for the second time in franchise history. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, but lost in the first round to the Brooklyn Nets after Lowry's potential game-winning shot was blocked by Paul Pierce in Game 7.

Lowry entered the off-season as one of the NBA's most coveted free agents, attracting interest from the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and other teams. [19] On July 10, 2014, he re-signed with the Raptors[20] to a reported four-year, $48 million contract.[21]

Lowry with teammate Greivis Vasquez

The Raptors and Lowry continued their strong play into the next season, and the team once again emerged as a top seed in the Eastern Conference. On November 7, 2014, Lowry became the team's all-time leader in triple-doubles with a 13 point, 10 assist and 11 rebound performance in a win against the Washington Wizards. It was Lowry's sixth career triple-double and his fourth as a Raptor, passing Damon Stoudamire, who had the previous record of three.[22] On December 3, he scored a career-high 39 points on 13-of-22 shooting in win against the Utah Jazz.[23] On January 5, 2015, Lowry was named by the NBA as the "Eastern Conference Player of the Month," making him only the second Raptor, after Chris Bosh, to receive this recognition. [24] Starting the following day, several Canadian politicians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Toronto mayor John Tory, tweeted their support for Lowry to make the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. [25] On January 22, 2015, Lowry became a first-time All-Star when he was announced as an Eastern Conference starter in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game to be held in New York City. [26]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • NBA All-Star: 2014-2015
  • NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month: December 2014
  • NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week: January 27, 2014; December 1, 2014
  • NBA Western Conference Conference Player of the Week: March 14, 2011
  • NBA Atlantic Division Champion: 2013-2014

Other achievements[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Originally with Peak Sport, a Chinese company that makes basketball equipment,[30] Lowry signed with Adidas in August 2014.[31]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Memphis 10 0 17.5 .368 .375 .893 3.1 3.2 1.4 .1 5.6
2007–08 Memphis 82 9 25.5 .432 .257 .698 3.0 3.6 1.1 .3 9.6
2008–09 Memphis 49 21 21.9 .412 .246 .801 2.3 3.6 1.0 .2 7.6
2008–09 Houston 28 0 21.7 .475 .276 .800 2.8 3.5 .8 .3 7.6
2009–10 Houston 68 0 24.3 .397 .272 .827 3.6 4.5 .9 .1 9.1
2010–11 Houston 75 71 34.2 .426 .376 .765 4.1 6.7 1.4 .3 13.5
2011–12 Houston 47 38 32.1 .409 .374 .864 4.5 6.6 1.6 .3 14.3
2012–13 Toronto 68 52 29.7 .401 .362 .795 4.7 6.4 1.4 .4 11.6
2013–14 Toronto 79 79 36.2 .423 .380 .813 4.7 7.4 1.5 .2 17.9
2014–15 Toronto 41 41 34.7 .432 .332 .807 4.9 7.6 1.6 .2 19.8
Career 506 270 28.8 .418 .350 .791 3.8 5.4 1.2 .2 11.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Houston 13 0 19.5 .333 .250 .742 2.9 2.5 .9 .1 5.3
2014 Toronto 7 7 38.7 .404 .395 .878 4.7 4.7 .9 .0 21.1
Career 20 7 25.4 .379 .345 .818 3.4 3.3 1.0 .0 9.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Player Bio: Kyle Lowry
  2. ^ a b Kyle Lowry Stats
  3. ^ Grizzlies sign first-round pick Lowry to two-year deal
  4. ^ 7:00 PM ET, November 1, 2006FedExForum, Memphis, TN (2006-11-01). "Thomas begins coaching tenure with 3OT win over Grizzlies". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  5. ^ 7:00 PM ET, November 1, 2006FedExForum, Memphis, TN (2006-11-01). "Knicks 118, Grizzlies 117 - boxscore". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Gooden scores season high, Cavs fight off Grizzlies". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  7. ^ Grizzlies Lowry has Wrist Surgery
  8. ^ "Paul pours in 43, sinks game-winner as Hornets win in OT". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Grizzlies 116, Hornets 118 - boxscore". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  10. ^ "Rockets acquire Lowry, Cook in three-team deal". NBA.com. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  11. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Kyle Lowry to Offer Sheet". NBA.com. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  12. ^ "Rockets Re-sign Luis Scola and Kyle Lowry". NBA.com. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  13. ^ "Raptors Acquire Kyle Lowry From Houston Rockets". NBA.com. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  14. ^ http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/raptors/2012/11/07/raptors_guard_kyle_lowry_injured_as_toronto_thumped_by_oklahoma_city_thunder.html
  15. ^ http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2013/01/30/toronto_raptors_to_trade_jose_calderon_ed_davis_to_grizzlies_for_rudy_gay_reports.html
  16. ^ http://grantland.com/features/kyle-lowry-nba-toronto-raptors-villanova-wildcats-houston-rockets-memphis-grizzlies-demar-derozan-rudy-gay/
  17. ^ http://grantland.com/features/kyle-lowry-nba-toronto-raptors-villanova-wildcats-houston-rockets-memphis-grizzlies-demar-derozan-rudy-gay/
  18. ^ http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/13/toronto-raptors-unexpected-success-owed-in-large-part-to-kyle-lowrys-magnificent-season/
  19. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2014/07/02/raptors-sign-free-agent-point-guard-kyle-lowry-to-four-year-extension
  20. ^ Raptors Re-Sign Kyle Lowry
  21. ^ Kyle Lowry Agrees To Re-Sign With Raptors On Four-Year, $48M Deal
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ Lowry scores 39, Raptors hand Jazz 7th loss in row
  24. ^ http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-releases/lowry-010515
  25. ^ http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/08/toronto-raptors-kyle-lowry-getting-support-from-canadian-politicians-in-all-star-bid/
  26. ^ http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/22/2015-nba-all-star-starters-announced-kyle-lowry-overtakes-dwyane-wade-in-the-east/
  27. ^ http://www.thescore.com/news/624850
  28. ^ http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/13/toronto-raptors-unexpected-success-owed-in-large-part-to-kyle-lowrys-magnificent-season/
  29. ^ http://www.torontosun.com/2014/12/25/raptors-point-guard-kyle-lowry-wins-george-gross-sportsman-of-the-year-award
  30. ^ PEAK Tony Parker and Kyle Lowry Launched 2013 PEAK TEAM China Tour
  31. ^ Kyle Lowry Joins adidas

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