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Checking In On Kyle

83007921MM014_ROCKET_JAZZSince leaving Nova after his sophomore year as the 24th pick in the 2006 NBA draft, Kyle Lowry played the better part of three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. With the emergence of Mike Conley, Memphis traded Lowry to Houston last February in exchange for Orlando’s first round pick. Kyle reportedly was grateful for the trade and the opportunity to get a fresh start with a contending team. He also had no complaints about the salary he will be drawing from the Rockets ($2.04 million this season).

The knock on Lowry at Memphis was that he sometimes forced the action and did not command the floor, reacting to other players’ moves rather than creating himself.  The talent on the Houston roster was expected to make Kyle a better player, assuming the Rockets eventually can get healthy.   In Houston, Kyle has been praised for attacking the basket, drawing the opponent’s bigs, and dishing off to his teammates.

Through the first 14 games of the season, Kyle has averaged 24 minutes as the reserve PG, shooting 42% from the field for 8.1 PPG, grabbing 3.9 rebounds, making 5.1 assists and .93 steals, while turning the ball over 1.6 times.  Those are amazingly close to his stats as a Nova player (27 minutes as the reserve PG, shooting 45% from the field for 9.5 PPG, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals).  Kyle has scored in double digits five times this season, and logged a season high 10 assists on November 11 against Memphis.  Kyle's Houston Rockets face Randy Foye’s Washington Wizards team on March 9 in Washington.