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:
|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.