Monday, January 21, 2008
Kyle Lowry has had a drop in production since the return of rookie point guard Mike Conley Jr. from injury. Conley took over the starting point guard role from Damon Stoudamire, who is rumored to be close to a buy-out with the Grizzlies. After a very strong start to the season, Lowry has failed to score in double figures for 11 straight games since the return of Conley. He is averaging 3.9 points in the month of January, down from his November average of 10.5 and December average of 8.7 points per game. His rebounding numbers have also been cut in half, from 4.4 to 2.0. He is still averaging about 3 assists per game in January, close to his average of 4 earlier in the season. This is most likely a result of his drop in minutes from 26 per game earlier in the season, to 17 minutes per game in January. It will be interesting to see if Lowry is involved in some kind of trade to a team desperate for a young point guard. It's clear that Memphis sees Conley as their PG of the future. Although Memphis would probably prefer to keep Kyle because he would be a great back-up. Since his return, Conley is averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in the month of January.