Kyle Lowry’s Top 5 Plays As A Rocket

By: 07.05.12
Kyle Lowry

Toronto pulled off another move in this offseason — this one was easily its best, unlike other puzzling agreements — by getting Kyle Lowry from Houston for a first-round pick and Gary Forbes. The sixth-year vet played the last three and a half seasons in Houston, where he developed into one of the league’s most improved players. His scoring average rose from 9.1 points in 2009-10 to a career-high 14.1 last season, and he added a career-high 4.6 rebounds and nearly tied his assists mark with 6.6 per. Lowry was not a flashy guard, but he did produce some sneaky good plays in his time. What better time to look at them than the day he’s sent out of town?

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5. Trapped baseline? Not so fast. Lowry treats the baseline not so much as another defender as a bumper in bowling, spinning through three (future teammate) Raptors for the easy bucket.

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Honorable mention goes to this other spin move he pulled. This time it was in the open court and, impressively, fooled spin master Tony Parker.

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4. Let’s be honest: A Kyle Lowry to Kevin Martin alley-oop is not going to get as much love as say, almost any other oop connection highlight. The names just aren’t flashy enough. That doesn’t mean it’s a hell of a pass to make from 30 feet out.

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3. This is a crazy sequence from Lowry, who should never have had the ball in his hands to sink a 40-foot three to beat the buzzer. But before he sinks the buzzer-beater, he strips Tony Parker (he’s just getting beaten all over this Top 5 so far) to start his own play off.

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2. Do you think of Lowry as necessarily a creator? I don’t, but he’ll surprise with his penetration in the lane before finding his shot. Even better, on this play against Atlanta, is how he sucks in a defender for the dump off dime to Jordan Hill.

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1. Jannero Pargo never had a chance with Lowry timing this like a Swiss watchmaker. Pargo got 10 feet ahead of Lowry off a steal but the dunk attempt was voided faster than a lost credit card. The sprint is impressive to make up the ground, but so is the leap that gets his back to the rim for the rejection. Funny enough, No. 1 and No. 2 of Lowry’s best Rocket plays came in the same game last New Year’s Eve.

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