With the decade coming to an end we take a look at the top players from each team starting with the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry.
When you consider what the past 10 years has meant to this team and the progress made with Masai Ujiri in charge. This team did not have an identity or a winning culture with star players like Chris Bosh choosing to leave for a chance at winning a title.
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While there were questions about Lowry’s ability at times during the playoffs but you could never question his commitment and desire to win a championship. This became evident when Kawhi Leonard was acquired for DeMar DeRozan.
At first, Lowry was visibly upset about losing a player he grew close to but realized that in order to finally get to where he and the team wanted to be he had to put some of those feelings aside. In the end, it was worth it seeing Lowry lift the Larry O’Brien trophy and all of Toronto getting a chance to be a part of history.
Seeing Lowry’s transition into a leader especially this season has cemented his status as not only the best player from this decade but probably the best player in franchise history. Since being acquired in 2012, the Raptors have found stability and a bit of relevance south of the border.
It also can’t be overstated how close this team was to potentially not having Lowry when the team was contemplating trading him to the New York Knicks. Now, you would have a hard time finding anyone who would rather not have Lowry on the team.
Regardless of the rare off-game he has once in a while, you can always count on Lowry to be there when it matters and to lay everything on the line to get the job done.
Who is your top Raptors player from this decade? What has made Lowry a valuable player during his time in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below.