Houston Rockets Look to the Future: Is Kyle Lowry the Franchise Point Guard?

February 9th, 2011 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »
Coming into the year, it was all but assumed that Aaron Brooks would the Rockets’ starting point guard for the season. Kyle Lowry had an impressive summer in the gym, but there was no way that the Rockets would hand him the reins after Brooks had averaged 20 points the year before and won the Most Improved Player Award.

However, 54 games into the season, Lowry is starting and Brooks looks like he could be on his way out of town after a nightmarish season. After spraining his ankle in the team’s fifth game, Brooks has failed to return to his past form and now finds himself scrapping for minutes on the bench.

With Lowry entrenched in the starting point guard position, can the Rockets be confident that he can lead a very good team?

The player that Lowry is often compared to is Rafer Alston, the man who led the way for the Rockets from 2005 to 2008 as they struggled to win a playoff series in the Yao Ming-Tracy McGrady era. They are both tough, physical defenders who got under their opponent's skin, solid passers who had a flair for the dramatic and middling outside shooters who took many more three-pointers than they should have.

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