When Kyle Lowry was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Toronto Raptors in 2012, he felt like he was getting sent into “exile.”

Lowry knew nothing about the Raptors or Toronto and thought it would be another pit stop in his career.

Fast forward to today, and Lowry is one of the best players in Raptors franchise history. He won his first championship last campaign and signed a one-year extension this offseason.

“When I ended up getting traded to Toronto, it almost felt like I was getting sent into exile,” Lowry wrote in The Players' Tribune. “I didn’t know anything about Toronto. At the time I didn’t care to know. I just thought this was going to be a pit stop until an opportunity somewhere else.

“But then, not long after I arrived, I found that I had it all wrong. This place wasn’t just a pit stop. This was an amazing city and had a fanbase that people were sleeping on. All they really needed to get it going was a winner.”

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Lowry has career averages of 17.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists with the Raptors. He will surely have his No. 7 jersey retired one day.

Lowry averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists during the 2018-19 regular-season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2019 playoffs, Lowry put up 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists. The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games.