Kyle Lowry Reaches 10K Points Club with Raptors in Loss to Bucks
When all is said and done, Kyle Lowry will go down as the greatest Toronto Raptor in the history of the franchise.
Nearly a decade after arriving to Toronto in a trade, Kyle Lowry continued to etch his name in the record books as he joined Chris Bosh and DeMar DeRozan as one of only three players to score 10,000 points in a Raptors uniform. In the first minute of his 569th game with the franchise, Lowry hit his vintage pull-up three to cross the 10,000 point plateau.
“I would have never expected it to be here,” Lowry said following the 115-108 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. “But it just shows in life things happen for a reason and situations happen for reasons, and you continue to work hard and you continue to believe yourself and having a city like Toronto backing me. … It just shows that hard work pays off. In life you can’t pick and choose where you’re meant to be, but when you are there you take full advantage of it.”
The next steps for Lowry will now be to become the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. Bosh sits in second with 10,275 while DeRozan is atop the scoring throne with 13,296 points. By the end of the season, Lowry could very well be sitting directly behind his best friend and former teammate.
“DeMar was a lot more of a gunner, so he’s got a lot more points because he shot the ball every time, and he never looked to pass, because he’s a gunner,” said Lowry. “He still is a gunner. And I probably won’t catch him because he’s a gunner. And he shot the ball way too much. There were so many possessions where I was wide open and he just wouldn’t pass me the ball because he knew I was going to catch him. He’s a gunner.”
No matter where he finishes his Raptors career, Lowry’s legacy will not be remembered for the points he scored. He brought the organization its first championship, he has been the heart and soul of a franchise often forgotten by the majority of the NBA world.
He is the leader and for nearly a decade, as he moved forward, the Raptors moved with him.