Tue Aug 6th, 2013, 04:27 PM
RaptorsHQ: Kyle Lowry - The Enigma Part Deux
Wed Aug 7th, 2013, 08:52 AM
Raptors Republic Superstar
I wonder, when people will just look at Kyle Lowry logically and realize he just isn't as good at Basketball as we all might have thought at some point.
He didn't pan out anywhere else he was.
If you compartmentalize his abilities, he appears to be a great player;
- seems tough
- seems aggressive
- He can shoot
- He can get to the rim
except, you can also change perception;
- his toughness becomes reckless aggression
- his aggression starts to look like undisciplined and out of control behavior, opposite of what is required of professional PG and leader.
- He can get hot, but he rarely makes easy plays to get those easy 17ft jumpers he should be taking. And he all too often misses the point of running plays when he looks off, or simply doesnt see other players easy looks while looking for his own offence.
- Again, gets to the rim, but at what cost to the overall health of the offence.
Basically Lowry has the body and the skill to be a good player, but unfortunately it seems he doesn't have the brain to put it together, he doesn't have the humility required to be true leader and as a facilitator, or true PG, the dude just doesn't know how or when to pass the ball.
Now I have heard it all many times..... "oh he's a great PG, he just needs time" "oh he is amazing, he is RATED top ten by espn" blah blah...this is all talk, none of it is action. What you do on the floor is who you are. I like his effort, hate his whiney attitude. Love his range, hate that there are three guys wide open when he is using it.
Kyle Lowry, to this point has shown he is nothing more than a really decent back up on a decent team. He ha shown little sign that he either can, or wants to change that up. Casey and Colangelo provided the fire ANY PG would have needed by using Calderon to show Lowry up a bit last year, and that seemed to break him a little, so here we are, and where we go is anyones guess but I tell you this much. If the new GM is worth any of what he is advertised to be, and if Lowry isn't showing signs that he finally is wither willing, or capable to be a true PG and positive team leader in Toronto, then he need to be gone by February.
No hate. Not bitter. Just is what it is guys.
Wed Aug 7th, 2013, 09:28 AM
Raptors Republic All-Star
I agree with some of this.
-His aggression is a strength but can also be a weakness. He's often like a full back and wants to go head down straight at the net. I think it also contributes to his rather regular injuries (along with mixing it up with bigs for rebounds)
- but I couldn't disagree more with the '17fters he should be taking' comment. Those shots should be the last option. Even for a great mid range shooter, those shots should be situational. Shots at the rim and from 3 are not only incredibly more efficient, both are actually offensively rebounded more often than mid range shots. One of Lowry's greatest strengths has been his historical shot selection - a lot at the rim and from 3.
Wed Aug 7th, 2013, 09:35 AM
Raptors Republic Superstar
Love you and I on the same thread!! haha
But do not love your view on the elbow shot. Off the PNR, that is a shot PG's from grade 8 up are expected to, and have mastered hitting. It's a very high percentage shot for good players. Without the ability to master that option, you will never be a true PG with regards to running plays off screens as your check never needs to really worry about getting screened off you.
SO, should he learn that basic fundamental, it will open up;
His own path to the hoop
Simple passing lanes for the rolling big.
pick and pop easy open three balls.
and the ever lovely skip pass off the roll to Steve Novak in the corner.
Its really basketball 101 IMO
Wed Aug 7th, 2013, 09:57 AM