Most people were watching LeBron James bobble his rematch against the Spurs, but the two team’s sporting the best records in their respective conferences, the Raptors in the East and the Grizzlies in the West, played in Toronto last night at the Air Canada Centre. This summer’s re-signed Raptor, Kyle Lowry, sealed a huge Raptors win with a late fadeaway. Read More »
/ Nov 16, 2014 / 12:45 pm
The Jazz have surprised us this season with their ball movement in coach Quin Snyder‘s up-tempo motion offense where they’re “playing with a pass, playing with pace and playing with a purpose,” but the Raptors are really good — in case you didn’t already know. They’re at the top of the East at 8-2 on the year, and they showed why in a dominating second half against the Jazz puncutated by a bats**t crazy Terrence Ross alley-oop slam. Read More »
While it was backup Wiz point guard Andre Miller who suffered the ignominy after Kyle Lowry‘s crossover behind the screen, starting Wiz point John Wall permitted Lowry to rack up a triple-double, a record fourth while a member of the Raptors in what was a thoroughly dominating all-around game by the recently signed full-time Raps point. Read More »
Poor Andre Miller. He’s supposed to be leading fast-breaks or abusing young point guards in the post, not navigating around ball-screens set for dynamic ballhandlers like Kyle Lowry. Miller looked every bit of his 38 years after Lowry – with the help of a pick from Jonas Valanciunas – sent him crashing to the floor with via a cat-quick crossover. Read More »
/ Nov 6, 2014 / 12:15 pm
DeMar DeRozan (photo. James Herbert YouTube)
This certainly isn’t a bad way to win. With the score tied against the Boston Celtics and the the fourth quarter game clock ticking below 40 seconds, Toronto Raptors stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan did what they do best. Watch Lowry pick Marcus Smart’s pocket before heading the other way and leaving a bounce pass for the high-flying DeRozan, who put his team ahead for good with an and-1 poster dunk on Kelly Olynyk. Read More »
Every now and then, when a player hears a whistle, they’ll throw up a prayer in the hopes of drawing the foul plus the shot. During last night’s preseason game between the Kings and Raptors, Toronto PG Kyle Lowry had his prayer answered in the form of this whirling, no-look bank shot — plus the foul. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 7:00 pm
To survive in today’s NBA, you need a good point guard. You just do. Of the teams that finished last season with the eight best records, six of them either had an All-Star point guard or LeBron James. The other two teams were the Indiana Pacers (who, without the stability that a good point guard brings, fell apart down the stretch) and the Houston Rockets (eliminated in the first round).
The point guard on a basketball court is like the quarterback on the gridiron. He’s the general, the leader, the boss.
The NBA in 2014 is littered with talented point guards. And just like the “Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL?” arguments, few NBA debates spark disagreement like the “Who’s the best point guard in the NBA?” debate does.
Delusional Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant fans notwithstanding, we’re all generally in agreement that James is, hands down, the best basketball player in the world. The point guard debate is a different monster. There are four or five different guys that, depending on whom you ask, can be considered the NBA’s alpha dog point guard.
The good news is that I’m here to finally settle the debate. Here are the NBA’s top 20 point guards. Read More »
/ Sep 23, 2014 / 2:15 pm
If you’re a fan of hardscrabble basketball, then you’ve probably already fallen in love with the tough-nosed point out of Philly, Kyle Lowry. He’s bounced around the league since getting drafted in 2006, but finally found a home — and a new, four-year, $48 million contract — with the Raptors last season. A Lowry profile by Grantland’s estimable long-form writer Jonathan Abrams let us know that retired point guard Chauncey Billups played a big role in tempering Lowry’s tempestuous attitude, which didn’t really let Lowry catch on with a team until this past season north of the border. Read More »
The Drew League in Los Angeles is an active hotbed for summer basketball, providing fans a much-needed relief from the lull of the offseason. Fans never know who will lace up their kicks when they walk through the doors at King Drew High School. Coming off a jaw-dropping 57-point performance in Week 8, The Clozers’ and current Detroit Piston Brandon Jennings once again dazzled the crowd with a 56-point showing. After back-to-back 50-point weekends he was again named Drew League Player of the Week – and rightfully so. Read More »
/ Jul 4, 2014 / 2:15 pm
As the 2013-14 NBA season has come to a conclusion, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year for fantasy owners. Finding value is crucial in keeper leagues and is a big part of building a championship roster. Drafting fresh each year becomes a daunting task of finding players who are ready to break out and have a bigger impact than they did the year before. Below is a list of 10 players who should be selected earlier than they probably went in your fantasy draft last year. These players had impact seasons this year and should take the another step next year to become big time fantasy studs. Read More »