Throughout the NBA playoffs, where we Raptor fans are left to wallow, Raptors Republic brings you the 100 Words Series. Calling on RR writers and other Raptor scribes from around the internet and MSM, we’ll provide the Republic with 100-word takes on players, coaches, management and announcers. Look for these two or three times a week, continuing today with Kyle Lowry. The mission I charged the contributors with was simple: you have 100 words (prose, poetry, song, whatever) to discuss said player.

Andrew Thompson, Raptors Republic
Kyle Lowry’s 2012-2013 per 36 minute stats:
14.1 points, 7.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals on 40-36-79 splits. He’s one of the best on ball defenders in the NBA (when he wants to be) and he’s only making $6.2 million next year. If you’re not thrilled with your point guard for next season, well then, you’re a fool.

Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic
lowry venn
That there is the issue. Kyle Lowry struggled to be both a creator and a facilitator at the same time this year, although a large part of that may have been due first to his changing roles and then to his changing teammates. Coach Casey’s sometimes awkward idea of an NBA offense probably didn’t help either. If Lowry can find a way to mesh above-average court vision with his scoring talents (not just bounce between the two), he’ll once again be the man for whom I penned this.

Eric Koreen, The National Post
Sometimes the narrative exists solely to serve the lazy journalist, and sometimes it is the truth. Kyle Lowry must become a professional this year. The coaching staff did him no favours last year, asking him to be an off-brand version of Jose Calderon. But Lowry did not always try to make the most of the situation. Assuming the Raptors pick up the option on Lowry’s contract, he will be a free agent next year. There is no doubt he can play. All he has to do is accept coaching and lead, and he will be wealthy.

PhD Steve, Raptors Republic
Kyle Lowry – A Haiku
Not sure if hes good
cause coach plays no real offense
wait and see next year

Ryan McNeill, Hoops Addict
In November Lowry teased fans with his potential as he averaged 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.2 dimes, but it turns out that isn’t the style of play Dwane Casey wants from his point guards so the talented point guard and defensive-minded coach butted heads for most of the season. The result was a neutered Lowry that averaged 8.6 dimes in April but only averaged 9.6 points. There were rumours that Lowry played this season injured, but, regardless of the reason, he needs to step up next season as it’s his last year of his contract.

Tim W., Raptors Republic
It recently occurred to me who Kyle Lowry reminds me of. A poor man’s Russell Westbrook. Both are natural shoot first PGs who get a lot of assists. Both are phenomenal rebounders who have a better defensive reputation than they really should. Both take a lot of ill-advised threes, that thrill when they go in, but kill if they don’t. They both play with a reckless abandon and a chip on their shoulder that hurts them almost as much as it helps them. Just as I have mixed feelings about Westbrook, I have mixed feelings on Lowry.

Zarar Sidiqi, Raptors Republic
Whenever I think of Kyle Lowry, I get reminded how he was Colangelo’s Plan B, where Plan A was giving Steve Nash $36M for three years. Considering the alternative, I’d say Lowry was a good gamble where nothing but a pick was conceded (and we have given up picks for far less). This season we learned that reining him in by turning him into a “traditional” point guard doesn’t work because he’s simply not that. The meaningless end to the season did have one meaningful aspect, and that’s Lowry figuring out how to run a team without being reckless.

  • robertparrish00

    I can’t wait for the Bargs 100 words!!!!!

    • Statement

      It will simply be “F U” 50 times.

  • Marz

    lol, thanks phdsteve

  • thegloveinrapsuniform

    I’m with Andrew here. We saw raw Lowry during the first 2 games of the season, and by raw i mean injury-free, controversy-free and unrefined. And he was exceptional. I think its a bit unfair to assess his capabilities using background from a season that really did not give him the opportunity to fully show what he is capable of. What im saying is it has to do more with external factors, rather than internal. I think his mind and heart are in the right place, but factors like coaching, injury, rotation, playing time threw him completely off his game. Echoing Andrew’s sentiments, i think we’d all be fools if we decide not to have Lowry as our foremost PG next season.

    • Tim W.

      The first few games of Lowry were definitely not controversy free. The way he played at the beginning of the season irked his teammates enough that he was one of the main targets in the player’s only meeting, apparently. Also, the shooting percentage he shot then was unsustainable over the course of the season, so watching him play that way, while shooting 40% would have been an exercise in frustration. Or akin to watching Brandon Jennings.

      • thegloveinrapsuniform

        I was actually talking about the first three games before he sprained his ankle. That right ankle sprain in the 4th game pretty much started the snowball to disaster for him. It was fairly obvious the consecutive games with below 40% FG were the result of injury. He definitely wouldnt have sustained the 54/47/80 FG% he had in the first three games, but i doubt it would fall to 40% playing injury free.

        • Tim W.

          Yes, I was talking about before the ankle injury, too. As for his shooting percentage not falling to 40% without injuries, he’s got a career .417 field goal percentage over 7 years, so I think it’s safe to say it would be somewhere around there.

  • DumbassKicker

    If you don’t agree with me “well then, you’re a fool”. What’s this chant I’ve been reading about mature, respectful discussion?

    I don’t get the criticism of reining him in, when it’s followed by recognition that Casey’s the first coach, on his 3rd team, to help Lowry in “figuring out how to run a team without being reckless”. Any chance the coach pushing him hard in the opposite direction is what finally enabled him to begin finding balance in being a PG in TEAM basketball? I’d bet he’s going to be the best he’s ever been next year because of it, but hey, let’s take pot shots at Casey for reining in a reckless 1 on 5 street-baller to play a team game. Sheeeesh.

    • lino

      well said

    • thegloveinrapsuniform

      i think they call it a hyperbole.

      If Casey does let him loose next season and let him play his game plus what he’s learned throught the season that passed, then yes, I would say Casey should be attributted to Lowry’s success.

      But, if Casey continues to push him into a pass first PG role, then let the pot shots continue.

  • Alex Lai

    Lowry can be a game changer when healthy and allowed to play his game. He attacks the rim, gets to the line and can make some big time shots and plays. Most importantly that ‘bulldog’ mentality is important especially when he’s asked to lead our team. He needs to channel that to the rest of our team because the raptors have had this ‘soft’ image since we had guys like Oakley or Antonio Davis on the team.

    I think he’s been good for the raps and will be even better next season. He just needs to cut down on the transition 3s or at least not do them until he’s hit a couple of shots and has gotten into rhythm. And the other is he should gamble less on defence and play straight up solid d on his man.

  • Truth

    Lowry is an amazing talent and as others have said and he needs to be given a bit of freedom from this coaching staff.

    I feel he is the gritty defensive minded PG this team needs and really gives us an edge. He brings a brand of basketball that makes you forget about those `jump shooting- no defense- 3 pointers only` Raptor teams we were accustom to in the past.

    Hopefully we can resign Lowry long term on a reasonable contract since were already overpaying Gay and Derozan.

  • Bouncepass

    Hmmmm… lots has been made about Lowry’s penchant for unbridled shooting. Well, let’s look at the numbers in comparison to Calderon (per 36 min) – FGA (11.4 vs. 10.9), 3FGA (5.2 vs. 4.9), FG% (42% vs. 48%), 3FGA (40% vs. 45%), TS% (57.2% vs. 60.5%). So Lowry isn’t exactly a “chucker”, comparing him to Calderon, who many see as the paragon of restraint and efficiency. Lowry clearly needs to improve his passing game and running the offense (as soon as Casey institutes one), but he has some time to develop this as this was only his third season in which he played the majority of his games as a starter, and in the previous season he missed a good portion of the year due to injury.

    • Tim W.

      One thing. According to, Kyle Lowry’s TS% is 54.3%, not 57.2%.

      And the big problem I have with Lowry is when he takes his shots and whether or not it’s the best one available. He shoots 15% of his shots early in the shot clock (24-21 seconds) and only shoots .356 doing it. There’s also been numerous times when the team is struggling offensively, and instead of trying to get the ball inside, he’ll jack up a long three. His confidence, which helps him at times, hurts him at other times because he always THINKS he’ll hit the shot, but instead he should be looking for the better one.

      • thegloveinrapsuniform

        I think this is why i preferred him over Calderon, because he has the confidence to shoot, make plays, have the ball in his hands. i’ve seen Paul take ill-advised shots, ive seen westbrook throw threes early in the shotclock, ive even seen jordan take the inbounds pass from the other end of the floor, dribble past the halfcourt line and take a contested three. the constant here is these guys have had coaches who have helped them tone down their willful way to score, by slowing down, taking better shots, looking for teammates. Casey can do that. And certainly Lowry has shown during that season that he is very coachable.

        • Tim W.

          Guys like Michael Jordan, Chris Paul and even Russell Westbrook have far more talent than Lowry, so that’s a big issue. When guys who are not as talented try to do those things, it’s a problem. Case in point, Brandon Jennings. Maybe he would be a better comparison.

          • thegloveinrapsuniform

            i wasnt comparing Lowry to the greats per se talent-wise, i should have been clearer, what i meant was even the greats do deviate from “better decisions” as you say. i guess they can get away with such things because they have more talent, but i dont think committing such decisive mistakes was because they think theyre talented enough to get away with it. i think i’d be concerned if a telfair or lucas were making those mistakes, but Lowry were putting up numbers “comparable” to these greats before he got injured. And actually, i do think an injury-free, controversy-free Lowry is a tad better than Jennings.

            • Tim W.

              Yes, I’d rather have Lowry than Jennings, but when guys who don’t have the talent try and do things that the guys with the talent do, the team suffers.

  • Ben

    Lowry sucks. He doesn’t know how to run offence in NBA, takes ill-advised shots, is a terrible defender on most nights and plays with a chip on his shoulder which might work for street ball but not NBA.

  • j bean

    Lowry had a lot of challenges this year, has fought through it all and is now a better more well rounded player because of it.

  • mountio

    Comparing KL to Westbrook (even if just in analogy of style of play and with the caveat “poor man”‘s) is about the biggest complement one would give to KL. RW is a top five player in the league! Sure, hes not perfect, but hes pretty freakin awesome, and I would give up this whole team to get him.

    I know where you were trying to go .. but they difference is that RW is playing with a Ferrari, whereas KL is playing with a ’92 Toyota. Sure, their styles may have some similarities .. but the performance is dramatically different.

    • Tim W.

      I should have called him the destitute man’s Russell Westbrook.

      I do think that Lowry probably sees himself as a Russell Westbrook. And when a guy tries to be more than he is, that’s a problem.

      • mountio

        Fair enough. The one other thing I forgot to mention that makes a HUGE difference between the two is that RW can regularly and easily get to the rim and finish (dunk, foul or otherwise), whereas KL flat out can not. Hes not athletic at all and best case, he throws his ass towards the defender tries to lob up a floater. He rarely actually beats his man off the dribble (whereas RW blows by his many all the time). This puts their shooting / shot selection in a much different light in that RW takes bad shots because defenders DARE him too .. KL takes bad shots for a reason Im unsure of. And, in a strange and bizarre way, I would actually say KL’s bad shots arent as bad as RWs given the alternative (which is limited for KL and almost limitless for RW)

        • Tim W.

          Yes, I think Westbrook’s injury is a mixed blessing for Oklahoma. Losing a talent like him and not being able to replace it does hurt a lot, and will limit how far the team goes in the playoffs, but he poor shot selection and bad decisions will offset his loss somewhat.

          • mountio

            Its been interesting to see how OKC has struggled without Westbrook, despite having KD, the clear 2nd best player in the league (not to mention a solid team otherwise with some very good defenders). While the advanced stats dont love RW .. there is something to be said for the contstant pressure he puts on the other team .. the way he can blow by his man at any point and create double teams. It opens up a lot for the other team. Hes the exact opposite of Jose Calderon, for example .. but advanced stats like .. but he puts absolutely zero pressure on the other team.

      • Jerry Garcia

        Nothing wrong with being a bit ambitious……………

        • Tim W.

          Have you ever played with a guy who thought he was better than he was? That’s what Lowry often reminds me of. There’s a difference between striving to be better than you are, and playing as if you’re better than you are. Lowry does the latter.

          • RobertArchibald

            Bang on. Also thinks others see him the same way he does, hence all his whining to officials and general sourpuss attitude.

          • Jerry Garcia

            You make a good point….I play a lot of soccer and I hate it when the same teammates turn over the ball by thinking they are Messi.