When the Toronto Raptors acquired Kyle Lowry for a future first-round draft pick this summer, it was essentially a tenure-long roster correction on the part of Bryan Colangelo.
Not since the short-lived T.J. Ford era have the Raptors had a perimeter player that could break down the defence on his own. This became a major problem during the end of Chris Bosh’s time in Toronto, when the all-star was routinely asked to create offence in crunch time, an example of the Raptors trying to jam a square peg into a round hole. Bosh was a lot of things, but he was not an elite offensive creator for anyone but himself.
So, the Raptors acquired Lowry, expecting he would kickstart an offence that was atrocious last year. But Lowry hurt himself, the Raptors limped to a 4-19 start, Lowry hurt himself again, and the whole season changed. And now the Raptors…
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