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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Thunder’s Dennis Schroder named Players of the Week

Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schroder

Dennis Schroder and Kyle Lowry have been named the NBA’s Players of the Week for Week 9 of the season.

Schroder averaged 25.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.3 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder went 4-0. Lowry, meanwhile, averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors went 4-0:

The Thunder are a surprising 15-14 on the season. After losing stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George in the offseason, many thought OKC would be a lottery team.

However, led by Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari and Schroder, the Thunder have exceeded expectations so far this season and have the seventh-best record in the Western Conference. Schroder, who comes off the bench for the Thunder, is averaging 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 29 games while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Lowry and the Raptors are 21-8 on the season. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Lowry is averaging 20.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists and shooting 41.6 percent overall, 35.8 percent from the 3-point line and 86.5 percent from the charity stripe.

The Raptors were expected to make the playoffs this season despite the departures of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. The Thunder’s early season success has been fun to watch. It will be interesting to see if OKC can keep it up.