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Raptors Kyle Lowry Still Being Snubbed In The NBA MVP Race

Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry continues to be snubbed in the NBA MVP race despite leading his team to a 21-8 record and objectively dominating the land beyond as this year’s scariest three-point threat.  No disrespect to Stephen Curry intended.

According to ESPN, Curry leads the NBA in three-point makes, but Lowry is the lone representative in the top 10 in makes from the East and at 45.5 percent shooting from three, he’s the best shooter in the NBA among this elite group.

In today’s NBA, there isn’t anyone more valuable than a two-way player who can sink volume threes at a high percentage. It’s past time his impact garnered some notice.

At least he hasn’t had to suffer alone. It took until now for ESPN’s NBA Real Plus-Minus leader Chris Paul to finally edge into the 10th spot on NBA.com Sekou Smith’s list of MVP candidates.

The fans in Toronto know Lowry’s worth to the Raptors, voting him onto the All-Star team last year, but it’s the Eastern Conference’s leading scorer DeMar DeRozan who has been getting whatever love is available to “We The North” in the MVP race (currently 7th on Smith’s list.) Although, Basketball Insiders

6. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry (Last Week: 6) 

Lowry has undoubtedly been overlooked this season because of DeRozan’s scoring streak early in the season. Lowry has been incredibly consistent on both offense and defense, driving to the rack with confidence and forcing turnovers against some of the best point guards in the league.

While DeRozan continues to pile in the points and confound defenses on most nights, this is Lowry’s team and when they get into trouble, it’s Lowry who takes over and changes certain defeat into just another Raptors win like he did on the road in Utah on the Friday before Christmas.

“For me, it’s all about winning games,” Lowry said after the game. “That’s all that matters. I’ll do whatever it takes to win games.”

Lowry personally stopped a Jazz resurgence that started while he was getting a couple of stitches in his upper lip during the third quarter with 19 fourth quarter points on route to a season high 36 points in the 104-98 win.

A oh hum 15-20 shooting from the field and a typical 4-8 from three point range, Raptors fans have come to expect nothing less from their All-Star, even against a Western Conference playoff team in its own building. It’s why Lowry brings out the passion from the local fan base and why he should be on somebody’s NBA MVP race list.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

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