I know I’m a day late to this, but the question needs to be asked.

How in the bloody hell was Kyle Lowry not even nominated for Eastern Conference Player of the Week? Is Ashton Kutcher waiting for Lowry in Oklahoma City? Because that would be about the only reasonable explanation (albeit a played out one) for the omission.

I know the weekly awards and even the monthly awards mean next to nothing, but it still would have been nice to have Lowry’s tremendous week rewarded with at the very least, player of the week buzz. Instead, Brandon Jennings took home the first honour of the season in the East, thanks in large part to his buzzer beating game winner against the Cavs on Saturday night.

I’m not going to discredit how impressive Jennings was in his first two games of the season, because he was very good running the point for Milwaukee, but he was nowhere near the performance of Lowry during this career week for the 26-year-old.

Let’s compare the two players’ opening weeks:

Player Games (record) Pts FG% Ast Reb Stl PER
Kyle Lowry 3 (1-2) 36 minutes/game 23.7 57.5 7.0 7.3 3.7 26.60
Brandon Jennings 2 (2-0) 33 minutes/game 17.0 46.7 13.0 3.0 4.0 23.13

Jennings holds the sizable advantage in assists and the slight advantage in steals, and also faced the tougher point guard matchups during the week (Jennings went up against Rajon Rondo and Kyrie Irving, while other than Deron Williams, Lowry faced George Hill and a combination of Luke Ridnour/J.J. Barea) but Lowry’s scoring, ridiculous efficiency and rebounding, especially for a point guard, should set him apart.

Jennings beating out Lowry for the weekly award is bad enough, but is slightly forgivable in the grand scheme of things. What’s not forgivable is not even having Lowry in the discussion for the award.

Here’s a list of first week nominees in the East: Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Glen Davis, Anderson Varejao and Kemba Walker.

Melo and Big Baby both belonged in the conversation, but Bosh and Walker were given consideration because of one outstanding game each, while Varejao was nominated for excelling in one important facet of the game (rebounding). Kyle Lowry dominated in nearly every facet of the game, on both ends of the court, for three consecutive contests, and didn’t even get so much as a nomination for a minor opening week honour.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, though, as like Scott mentioned in our latest edition of RaptorBlog Radio, Lowry’s been under appreciated and undervalued for much of his NBA career.

I often laugh at fellow Raptors fans who constantly play the “we don’t get respect” card, but between some questionable officiating during opening week (especially in Toronto’s home opener, no less) and Lowry being outrageously snubbed despite posting one of the five-to-ten best opening weeks of the season, I certainly won’t blame Lowry, the team or fans for feeling a little left out right now.

Here’s hoping it only serves as the latest round of motivation with the Raptors preparing for what should be a monumental task in Oklahoma City tonight.

Comments (14)

  1. Lowry did put up great numbers but at the end of the day, winning games matter. Its not just about numbers here. The Bucks were 2-0. Until the Raptors get back to winning consistently, they will rightfully not be respected.

    • I agree that the team shouldn’t be praised for a 1-2 start, or for being mediocre (which I pointed out when the team took exception with John Hollinger’s 33-win prediction), but in a case of a WEEKLY award, especially the opening week of the season when the entire league is separated by a game or two, I don’t think team performance should have as much of an impact. And come on, you really think Kemba Walker and the 1-1 Bobcats was a better candidate than Kyle Lowry and his 1-2 Raptors?

      • The raptors and their players will get no respect until they start winning games, period. Toronto had no business losing their two first games, they had both in the bag and blew it in the dying minutes. I couldn’t help but think “here we go again” and that this team hasnt changed at all. The rest of the league can’t take notice until this team makes a statement and wins these types of games. Kyle Lowry’s play is off the charts right now, and I agree he was snubbed. That being said, I could care less about the weekly awards, and the team feels the same way, all that matters is winning.

    • OK, I’ll just say it, since nobody else seems to want to.

      If the first three games were ref’d fairly, all three are blow outs for the Raptors.

      They should lose tonight, but their 1 in 4 record will not be representative of how well they’ve played to start this season (except for Bargs of course).

  2. I tell ya we get no regard, no regard at all!

  3. If Lowry keeps up this level of play, us Canadians need to do whatever it takes to vote him in as a starter for the East. That would send a pretty strong message to the NBA.

  4. we get no regard bc year after year theses rich fools put a lackluster team on the floor. and the media and idiots like jack Armstrong talk foolishness saying how we will contend etc etc….stop fooling ppl and be realistic….this team sucks!

    we have been rebuilding since vince left. MLSE, get a grip….same story with the leafs….

    WHAT HAS COLANGELO DONE? NOTHING BUT GET LUCKY ONE YEAR AND WON TEH ATLANTIC DIVISION

  5. Welcome to Canada- the place that NBA chooses to ignore.

  6. As a counter-balance, I watched the Nets feed of the Raps-Nets game on League Pass. Their announcers had nothing but positives to say about the Toronto roster and specifically complimented Bargnani’s ability to score, Calderon’s ability to run the point, Derozan’s vastly improved offensive production (thus far), and the fact that the NBA has always undervalued Kyle Lowry. No jokes.

    In fact, the Brooklyn announcers were far more positive about the Toronto roster than the comment threads on this website. I find it mildly amusing that we’re managing to hate on our own team as much as we do in these comments while simultaneously playing the “They don’t respect us!” card.

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  8. I’m not sure why so many raps fans feel jaded. The team has sucked for years and we consider it a good season when we get the 7th or 8th seed and get raped in the first round. If the team wins, respect will come. Lowry probably got overlooked cause his team was 1-2 and his play down the stretch against the pacers wasn’t great (while his overall game was). when raps were winning during the vince era they were one of the most popular teams in the league and vince received the most all-star votes in the league. so it’s not a canadian conspiracy – the team just sucks.

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