DeRozan, Lowry deserve all-star consideration

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (left) and Kyle Lowry share a light moment on the bench. (Reuters/Files)

Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (left) and Kyle Lowry share a light moment on the bench. (Reuters/Files)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

TORONTO - Instead of Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan in the NBA all-star game, why not Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in the game?

What might have sounded preposterous to begin this NBA season should not be out of the question now. One Raptor is going to the all-star game for the first time since Chris Bosh left in 2010.

Why not two?

You can make a case that Lowry belongs, as the best all-around Raptor, although with coaches voting for the Eastern Conference subs the mainstream thinking is he seems to be a longshot choice.

You can make a case that DeRozan, fresh off his 40-point game, averaging 22 points a game and fourth in the Eastern Conference in scoring belongs. Ahead of him in the East: Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Paul George. All all-stars. Coaches around the league apparently like DeRozan a lot more than they like Lowry.


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