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DeMar DeRozan claims Kyle Lowry is best player in Raptors history

Raptors, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry

As part of a recent Instagram Live session with Nate Robinson, DeMar DeRozan claimed that his former teammate, Kyle Lowry, is the best player in Toronto Raptors history.

In light of the NBA’s decision to suspend the 2019-20 regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic, players all around the league are finding ways to keep themselves occupied. For DeRozan and Robinson, it was an Instagram Live appearance.

During their discussion, Robinson asked DeRozan where he would rank Lowry on the Raptors’ all-time list. DeMar answered without hesitation.

“Where does (Lowry) rank in all-time Raptors history? He gotta be at the top, he brought them a championship,” Robinson asked DeRozan.

“Not being biased, that being my man, you gotta put him as the best ever,” DeRozan replied with confidence.

Lowry should indeed be viewed as one of (if not the) greatest player in Raptors history. The former Villanova Wildcat holds several records with the franchise to this day, including those for 3-point field goals, assists and steals. Some would argue that DeRozan should be at or near the top of this list as well, as he too holds several records with the team. Chris Bosh, one of the team’s pioneering stars, would also draw consideration.

Lowry was playing well before the NBA’s decision to suspend the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. In his 52 appearances with the Raptors this season, the crafty ball handler racked up averages of 19.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field (35.4 percent from beyond the arc), 7.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 36.6 minutes per outing.

At this point, it’s not clear when this season might resume. Some, including Mavs owner Mark Cuban, have suggested that this campaign could be played all the way into July or August, though he admits that doctors and health officials will have the final say.