Raptors' DeRozan an all-star, Lowry snubbed

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

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

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

TORONTO - As expected, DeMar DeRozan's an all-star and Kyle Lowry is not.

DeRozan, in his fifth season, was named to his first NBA all-star game on Thursday night, becoming the fourth Raptor (Vince Carter and Chris Bosh did it five times, Antonio Davis once) to make the mid-season showcase.

DeRozan is averaging career highs in points (21.8), rebounds (4.7) and assists per game (3.6) and has led the team to first place in the Atlantic Division.

Lowry has been even better, averaging 16.8 points, 7.6 assists and 1.6 steals, while leading the NBA in charges taken and sits fifth in win shares, considered one of the most influential advanced stats.

Earlier Thursday, before leaving Toronto for Denver, DeRozan said he had no doubt that he and Lowry deserved to be named all-star reserves.


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