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3 reasons: Kyle Lowry is the best Toronto Raptors ever

TORONTO, ON – December 20: Kyle Lowry #7 and Fred Vanfleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Von Ridley/Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors are preparing to welcome Kyle Lowry back to Canada as a member of the visiting Miami Heat. The shock of seeing him as a foe after nearly a decade of memories he helped create in Toronto will affect this fan base in a very important way.

At worst, Lowry is one of the four best players in Raptors history. While names like Chris Bosh and Vince Carter may command more individual accolades, neither of them can claim to have the combination of success on the court, off-court influence, and statistical dominance at No. 7.

While the debate over who is the greatest Raptors player of all time will continue for decades unless one player completely breaks the mold, Lowry has as strong a case as anyone for this legendary title. His accomplishments in Toronto would eventually take him to Springfield.

While Bosh, Carter and old buddy DeMar DeRozan all had great jobs north of the border, Lowry outdoes them all. Ahead of his sultry return, let’s take a look at why Laurie still holds the lead over the rest of the franchise.

3 Reasons Kyle Lowry remains the Toronto Raptors’ best player of all time.

3. Records in his possession

After failing to catch up in Memphis and emerging as a less-than-dominant presence in Houston, no one expected he would come close to a record-breaking performance. A decade later, the Lowry name is near the top of nearly every Raptors related list.

Lowry is the franchise’s all-time leader in Aid, Steal, Stock Win, and VORP. Lowry is second in player minutes, points, and steals per game while coming in third in total rebounds. Even after a somewhat inauspicious start in Toronto, Lowry finished his time in Toronto to past all the record books.

Kyle Lowry has tons of Toronto Raptors records.

Lowry was an accomplished passer who set records, and it would take even years of point guards to break them. When paired with his penchant for triples and a penchant for launching into a sharp attacking streak, Lowry was uniquely adept at making an impact in all aspects of the game.

His solo records may one day be deleted, but no one comes close to emulating Lowry’s ability to be dominant in many stages. As much as Fred van Vliet would have been without Laurie, FVV still has a long way to go before he is at this level as a player.

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