Lowry’s first season was one to forget. He played 10 games off the bench before ultimately breaking his wrist that caused him to go through a season-ending surgery.
His second season was slightly better. He didn’t miss a game and he served as a back-up to someone who we’d thought would be the face of the Toronto Raptors franchise for a long time, Damon Stoudamire. For the second half of the season, he was the backup point guard for a young Mike Conley. He would post an average of 9.6 points and 3.6 assists on 43.6 percent shooting from the field.
The middle of the third season is where things would fall apart for Kyle Lowry and the Memphis Grizzlies. Once head coach Lionel Hollins was hired in January 2009, Lowry’s days were numbered. Hollins would make Conley the starting point guard, and Hollins would later describe Lowry as a bad influence.