We posed the question, “Who is the greatest player in Toronto Raptors franchise history?”
The fans spoke loud and clear.
“KLOE!” (Kyle Lowry Over Everything).
The loyal Raptors fanbase wouldn’t bestow Lowry with such a nickname unless they truly believed it. Even when faced up against the likes of Vince Carter in the finals of our tournament, Lowry won by a landslide. Our final matchup garnered close to 2000 votes on Instagram and Lowry accounted for over 1600 of those.
I still think there is an argument for Carter as the Raptor GOAT, but I don’t disagree with the outcome of this tournament.
Carter may have put the Raptors on the map, but the way Lowry helped cultivate a winning culture is quite remarkable. As a Raptors fan, you gotta love the fact that the greatest moments of Lowry’s career all happened while he was a Raptor. Let’s have a look at some of the greatest moments of KLOE’s career.
First All-Star Selection
During the 2014-2015 season, Lowry was voted in as a starter for the All-Star game after leading the Raptors to their second straight playoff appearance. This was Lowry’s first All-Star selection in his career.
Career High 43 Points
Lowry’s best scoring night of his career came during a thrilling comeback win against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. The Raptors won the game 99-97 on a game winning step-back jumper from North Philly’s Finest himself
Franchise Assist Leader
Lowry leads the Raptors in a few all-time stats, but as the point guard and floor general of the team, this one means a little more. Just a little over a year ago, Lowry took the lead over Jose Calderon (the man he came off the bench for at the beginning of his Raptors tenure!) as the Raps leader in assists.
2020 Playoffs Celtics vs Raptors Game 6
The 2020 second round playoff series against the Boston Celtics was an instant classic. At several times it looked like the series was over for the Raptors but they battled it out for seven games. Lowry’s inspiring effort to force a game seven in double overtime of Game 6 was one of those ‘put the team on my back’ performances.
2019 NBA Finals Game 6
During the 2019 championship run, Kawhi Leonard was often the one who put up huge performances to give the Raptors a chance to win. But during the title-clinching game, it was Kyle Lowry who lead the way for the Raptors. Leonard even let Lowry hang on to his finals MVP trophy for a bit after that performance.