It’s now five years since the Miami Heat were knocked out by the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Despite losing Chris Bosh for a second straight season to blood clots, the Heat still managed to grab third place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, with a 48-34 record.
The Raptors finished second, with a franchise record of 56-26 – which was their first fifty-game winning season in franchise history. Then, Kyle Lowry, 29 and a ten-year veteran, was in the middle of a stellar season.
He was recently named an All-Star for the first time – on his way to receiving All-NBA honors as well. Even as a latecomer, it was evident that Lowry had entered the elite level NBA playmakers and Canada as a whole has been behind him ever since.
With averages of 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 2016, Lowry has been and always has been the engine of Toronto’s success, even though he has already played second. violin by DeMar DeRozan. There was a strong consideration that he was ahead of the top pointers in the East, who were then led by Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.