Kyle Lowry is definitely underappreciated. But he isn’t a Hall of Famer (yet)

It felt like Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid said it best on Twitter Wednesday night: “Kyle Lowry is not appreciated as he should be.”

But as for all the tweets about the Toronto Raptors point guard being a future Hall of Famer?

My first instinct was an immediate NO.

But as you go through his case, you start to get the feeling that if he keeps up this kind of play the rest of his career, he’s got a shot.

That would make him the NBA version of Adrian Beltre, the former MLB third baseman who was just very good when he was younger and then positively exploded in his 30s and should make it to Cooperstown when he’s eligible.

Lowry started his career as the 24th pick overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2006. With them and the Houston Rockets — fun fact, he was part of the Rafer Alston, Brian Cook and Adonal Foyle three-team trade in 2009 — he wasn’t even close to stardom.

In his first season with the Raptors in 2012-13, he averaged 11.6 ppg and 6.4 apg. But then he blossomed the following season and never looked back. Since then, from 2014 through this season, he averaged 18.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, 1.5 spg and 4.9 rpg. Really good numbers. But Hall of Fame stats? Not quite. He’s never led the league in any category.

In his favor? He won a ring last season and he’s been an All-Star each of the last six seasons as one of the best point guards in the East. And he’s done some really good stuff in the postseason, like Wednesday night’s big shot:

Relive Kyle Lowry’s CLUTCH jumper to seal the @Raptors 2OT W and force a GAME 7 on Friday at 9:00pm/et on TNT!#NBAPlayoffs #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/d0RrsMv90h

— NBA (@NBA) September 10, 2020

And remember that pass from earlier in the series?

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Here’s my theory: let’s say he keeps up this kind of All-Star-level play in the next four or five years (for what it’s worth, he turned 34 in March). Only then does he have a case. An average of around 500 assists in five seasons gets him from 44th all-time in assists per game to 12th as of right now — that’s ahead of Rod Strickland, Hall of Famers Maurice Cheeks and Lenny Wilkens. That would be more than what Tony Parker had in his career that could end with the French star enshrined in Springfield.

I’m in the moment, sure, but Kyle Lowry is going into the Basketball Hall of Fame one day and you can’t tell me otherwise.

— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) September 10, 2020

Kyle Lowry is a Hall of Famer?

— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) September 10, 2020

That was one of the greatest playoff games ever played.

And when folks debate if Kyle Lowry is a Hall of Famer one day, I hope they remember this game. Unreal stuff from him.

— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 10, 2020

I don’t think it’s …read more

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