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Old 09-12-2013, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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PG: Kyle Lowry
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Team: Toronto Raptors

Age: 27

2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, 17.5 PER



Kyle Lowry doesn't get enough respect.

Although he's not one of the truly elite point guards in the current NBA landscape, he's still not that far off the mark. And yet, he rarely gets brought up in conversations about the league's best floor generals.

Lowry was plagued by injuries during his first season running the show for the Toronto Raptors, but now he's settled into the role and doesn't have much to worry about in terms of job security. As good as Dwight Buycks looked during summer league, he's going to be competing with D.J. Augustin for the right to play sparing minutes behind the more talented 27-year-old, not for the starting job.

Remember, at the start of the 2012-13 season, Lowry was en fuego.

During his first three games, the point guard averaged 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field. Any guesses how many players put up a 23-7-7 on 57 percent shooting or better in a single game during the whole season?

Only 18 different players, and Lowry averaged those numbers over a three-game span. He has that type of upper-echelon talent, and the 2013-14 campaign puts him the perfect situation to show it off on a more consistent basis.
SG: Brandon Rush (Warriors)
SF: Tobias Harris (Magic)
PF: John Henson
C: Nikola Vucevic (Magic)

Bench:
PG: Patrick Beverley (Rockets)
SG: Jamaal Franklin (Grizzlies)
SF: Kyle Korver (Hawks)
PF: Amar'e Stoudemire (Knicks)
C: Robin Lopez (Blazers)


End of bench reserves: Maurice Harkless and Andray Blatche
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Remember, at the start of the 2012-13 season, Lowry was en fuego.

During his first three games, the point guard averaged 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field. Any guesses how many players put up a 23-7-7 on 57 percent shooting or better in a single game during the whole season?

Only 18 different players, and Lowry averaged those numbers over a three-game span. He has that type of upper-echelon talent, and the 2013-14 campaign puts him the perfect situation to show it off on a more consistent basis.
If he can stay healthy and get anywhere near those numbers (maybe 18, 6, 6)...we'll be really good this season.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If he can stay healthy and get anywhere near those numbers (maybe 18, 6, 6)...we'll be really good this season.
He can't sustain those number, very few can. Also, our starting SF last season was Dominic McGuire. We didn't have Rudy Gay to start last season taking 17-8 shots per game. lol

At best he'll have a 14/7/5 type of season with DD/Gay jacking up 35 shots per game.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Gordon Hayward is the biggest sleeper in the NBA this year. He's going to have a huge year as Utah's primary ball handler. I'd say Favors and Kanter too, but everyone already knows they're primed for big years, especially with no one backing them up(seriously, they have no legitimate NBA backups)
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This list is a joke.... A sleeper is someone who is generally under the radar and has potential to outperform expectations

Brandon Rush??
Kyle Korver??
Amar'e Stoudemire??
Robin Lopez??

These guys are pretty much veterans. They aren't gonna surprise anybody.
I sort of disagree with lowry being mentioned here too. bounce back player maybe? but certainly not a sleeper.
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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tobias harris is the one player that will depress the bucks fanbase for a long time. that dude could have a double double season.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Vucevic was a GOAT sleeper forward in fantasy ball last year
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd love to get a stat on how many hundreds of players have averaged those numbers over a 3-game span.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd love to get a stat on how many hundreds of players have averaged those numbers over a 3-game span.
The previous two seasons prior to coming here as a starter he averaged 15ppg/7apg/5rpg (43FG%, 38 3PT%) in 109 starts. I would take that from him any day.

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:07 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The previous two seasons prior to coming here as a starter he averaged 15ppg/7apg/5rpg (43FG%, 38 3PT%) in 109 starts. I would take that from him any day.
Sure. I just think it is ludicrous to put anyone in an "upper echelon" based on the production from 3 games. Horrible writing.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Sure. I just think it is ludicrous to put anyone in an "upper echelon" based on the production from 3 games. Horrible writing.
Agreed, although I don't believe he said he was an upper echelon player. he stated he has that type of talent, didn't say he was.
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Old 09-13-2013, 03:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I thought it was pretty interesting to see that only 18 players produced that in one game and lowry did it in three games running. Shows his explosive ability. Think that was the point. Although the rebs might have skewed it a bit, not many big time scorers get 7 rebs in consecutive games.

But the point with lowry is to a) to be fit (obv,) and b) to produce solid but not spectacular numbers in almost every game (also obv!)
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Does Eric Bledsoe qualify as a sleeper?
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