Raptors’ Kyle Lowry claims Fred VanVleet will be an All-Star one day
Shortly after being chosen as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the sixth straight season, Lowry bared his belief about the 25-year-old combo guard’s chances. Per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:
Kyle Lowry on Raptors teammate Fred VanVleet: “He’ll be an all-star one day.”
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) January 31, 2020
Now in his eighth season in Canada, Kyle Lowry continues to orchestrate coach Nick Nurse’s offense to perfection. The 33-year-old guard out of Villanova is notching averages of 19.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Fred VanVleet, on the other hand, has been spectacular since returning from a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games.
VanVleet has made a significant jump stats-wise from last season. He has averaged 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. Although undersized at the shooting guard position, his grittiness on defense and ability to drain the long ball has earned him a starting spot.
VanVleet has been knocking down 40.2 percent of his field goals and 39.6 percent of his attempts from three-point country.
After going undrafted in 2016, VanVleet had to earn his munites in the Raptors’ rotation. He earned his stripes in the G-League with the Raptors 905 team before getting a big break last season.
The 6-foot-1 guard from Wichita State introduced himself big time in last year’s NBA Finals. The undersized guard drained timely three-pointers against the Golden State Warriors in six games.
VanVleet is poised for a bigger role for the Raptors in the coming years. He may just very well be the team’s next All-Star. VanVleet could follow the footsteps of Pascal Siakam who was named a starter for the first time this year.