Heading into Friday night’s game, the Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry isn’t just having an All-Star season again this year, he’s clearly the best guard in the Eastern Conference. The stats back up what has become obvious on the court, no guard in the East is having a better start to the season.
“You are talking about two All-Stars (Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan), two guys that put a lot of pressure on you,” Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said. “One of the the things they do well is get to the free throw line. We got to make them make tough shots, which they can do.”
Eastern Conference Stats:
At 507 points and 22 points per game Lowry is third in scoring, first among Eastern Conference guards. (At 493 points and 21.4 points per game, DeMar DeRozan is fourth in Eastern Conference scoring.)
At 165 three-point attempts and 69 made, Lowry is first in both categories. Paul George is tied for first in makes. Only Stephen Curry has more three-point makes in the NBA.
At 128 free throws made, Lowry is third. He is first in free throw percentage at 88.3.
With 58 steals and 2.52 steals per game Lowry is first in overall in both conferences.
With 145 assists, Lowry is third. At 6.3 assists per game, Lowry is fifth best in the East.
“(Lowry) is getting good looks, same looks he got (last year), a lot of the same sets we ran last year,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “I don’t know if it’s the weight loss, conditioning, whatever it is, I just hope he keeps it up because he is shooting the ball very well. Catch and shoot, getting it off quickly, no hesitation. They are not forced. They are within the offensive schemes. In the draw and kick scenarios, (he is) catching it and being decisive with it, so he has been playing really well.
“(Lowry) is playing – knock on wood – as well as he’s played since he’s been here. Shooting the ball is one thing he is doing a great job of. I am really happy the way he and DeMar are playing together.
Fan All-Star voting for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto has started. Based on how well he has played so far this season, Lowry should be one of the Eastern Conference’s starting guards again this season.