Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry’s weight loss clear at Media Day


Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry showed up at Media Day  looking like a new man. Much had been said and written this summer about Lowry’s considerable weight loss, which left him looking stronger, fitter and quicker. As promised, he looked amazing during the photoshoot portion of the day, prompting relentless questions from reporters about his weight.

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Lowry’s new body type is sure to have a major effect on what he is able to bring to the table for the Raptors. Among many other things, his goal this summer was to make himself more durable. During the 2014-15 season, Lowry started incredibly well, but after having to carry the team on his shoulders while DeMar DeRozan was out, things went south towards the end of the campaign. Lowry had to miss several games with nagging injuries, and was ultimately terrible during the playoffs when the Raptors needed him most.

This season, Lowry should be able to last the entire 82-game marathon because of his superior conditioning and lighter frame. That could be huge for his team, especially considering how much they have relied on him recently. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds a game last season, providing solid contributions on both ends of the court. Plus, he became a true leader for his squad.

There is really nothing bad to say about Lowry’s summer work. He should be just as strong, but his body won’t get in the way nearly as much. On offence, Lowry will be able to drive to the hoop easier because of some extra speed, and finish just as effectively due to his strength. He will also help his team improve in transition, since he will be able to run the ball up quicker and look for closer, more reliable passes.

On defence, Lowry will be even better than before. He was already an above-average defender, especially for his height, but now he won’t get tired like he used to. He will be able to play longer minutes with the same gritty attitude as he has always brought to the defensive end. Optimistically, I predict he will make an NBA All-Defensive Team.

Lowry has made a mature decision, bettering himself and helping his team. The Raptors can now count on even more from their starring point guard, as he looks to finally cement his reputation as one of the best guards in the NBA. During pre-season, fans will get their first peek of what Lowry is capable of. Expect everyone to be paying a little more attention than usual.

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