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Biggest Western Conference All-Star Snub: Houston Rockets Kyle Lowry
I've already speculated that Kyle Lowry may be the best point guard in the NBA.
He ranks higher than all other point guards in fantasy basketball rankings, posting 16.5 points per game, 8.7 assists, 6.9 boards per game. There are no better lines among any point guards in the league, and yet, Lowry is not an All Star this year.
I said in the Lowry piece that I wrote January 24th, "I don't think there is any doubt at this point that Lowry will be a reserve, but will he be considered on the same level as those I mentioned above*?"
Russell Westbrook was selected over Lowry, as was Tony Parker, who is having a phenomenal year, but nothing like Lowry's. Lowry has statistically put up a better all around performance than either player.
It's just that Lowry doesn't have much of a supporting cast. Other than Kevin Martin, he is asked to do pretty much everything. Westbrook plays with Durant, Parker plays with Manu Ginobili & Tim Duncan…It is easier to put up numbers when playing with more talented players, yet Lowry still averages 8.7 assists per game.
It's a huge injustice to be sure, but it happens every year, and I don't doubt that Lowry will make a few All-Star appearances before his career is over.
It seems sometimes it takes a few seasons before coaches and players realize how good a player is, and that is definitely the case with Kyle Lowry.
After he dominates the best in the game for a while longer, and continues to post lines that Fantasy Basketball fanatics drool over, he will he far enough in the point guard rankings that he is no longer even second questioned when he makes multiple appearances.
His defensive skills are outstanding and he is still only 25 years of age. Houston still has a lot of money to spend to surround Lowry with talent as well. After this season, the Rockets only have 4 guaranteed contracts on the books and Marcus Morris is a mere $2 M.
They will be able to consider and attempt to lure Dwight Howard this summer if the Magic are unable to retain him. Putting Lowry and Howard together would be a scary combo, which I also mentioned in the previous piece I wrote a couple weeks ago.
I guess maybe Lowry will need an elite teammate to be considered elite himself, and he doesn't have one on his team yet. Adding Howard would make the Rockets contenders, and Lowry would become a perennial All-Star. Until then, we may see more snubs like this one, unfortunately.
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