Kyle Lowry had a reputation of being a malcontent when he arrived in Toronto.
It is safe to say that isn’t the case any more.
The Raptors traded for Lowry before the 2012-13 Season, and steadily began to see more and more playing time. Playing at the Point, Lowry, who was already good at distributing, blossomed into a fine scorer himself, breaking out in 2013-14, his eighth season in the NBA. He tallied over 17 Points per Game that year, and replicated that the following season, resulting in his first All-Star Game, the first of six consecutive.
Lowry cracked the 20 PPG threshold in two straight seasons (2015-16 & 2016-17), and he developed the repuatation of being amongst the best at drawing charges. A Third Team All-NBA player in 2016, Lowry's close friend and teammate, DeMar DeRozan was traded for Kawhi Leonard, and while that was a union of only one year, it was the elixir that brought Toronto a championship in 2019. Lowry might be in decline now, but the transaction that brought him to Toronto proved to be one of the most important in franchise history.