Toronto Raptors rumors suggest Kyle Lowry wants to be a NBA superstar. The Raptors’ point guard has already established himself as a star player in the league, but it appears that Lowry wants to take another step forward. A report from CBS Sports states that Lowry has lost a lot of weight during the NBA offseason in an effort to improve his game. His thought process is that a return to his college weight will help him be lighter on the floor during the 2015-16 NBA season and beyond.
Last season, Lowry made the NBA All-Star team for the first time in his career. He again found a lot of success for the Raptors, averaging 17.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. He hit on 80.8 percent of his free throws, but Lowry struggled a bit from the field, making just 41.2 percent of his shots. Improving upon that percentage and cutting down on his average of 2.5 turnovers per game would be a step in the right direction.
One main reason that these Toronto Raptors rumors should make the front page is that Kyle Lowry is trying to improve after having a rough postseason. During the 2014 NBA Playoffs, he averaged 21.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. He nearly carried the Raptors through a first-round series, but came up just short in seven games. During the 2015 NBA Playoffs, though, he struggled a lot, averaging just 12.3 points on 31.6 percent shooting. He also averaged 3.0 turnovers per game.
It’s good that Lowry is taking a lot of personal responsibility and that he wants to continue to improve his play. That only bodes well for the Raptors and the franchise, especially if he can move past getting swept by the Washington Wizards in the first-round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Lowry has been saying and doing all the right things during the offseason and the Raptors may have an even better roster now.
Offseason reports about the Atlantic Division suggest that the Raptors are still the team to beat. The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks made a lot of roster improvements, but the Raptors did win the division by nine games last year. Having signed Kyle Lowry for three more seasons, there won’t be any Toronto Raptors rumors about his future with the organization. The team is primed to make another postseason run, but will have to prove a lot in order to surpass the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.
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