Kawhi Leonard was the best single-season player, DeMar DeRozan sits atop some of the key all-time stat tallies, and Vince Carter has taken Canadian basketball to a place it likely never would have gotten to without him. But when you add all those things up—skill, longevity, impact—it’s hard to look past Kyle Lowry as the greatest Toronto Raptor.
“Arguably the best Raptor ever,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said at a championship presser. “When you think of what Kyle has done, the growth of Kyle Lowry from when I got here to today is remarkable. There’s something about that guy, honestly, and if it wasn’t for that I would have traded his butt, I’m telling you. Because there’s something about him that’s all competition, that’s all winning.”
Here are five reasons that prove it: