Kyle Lowry is an American basketball player who plays in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors. An adept sportsman with unique talents, Kyle Lowry’s influence in the NBA as a top player has been on the rise in recent years. His rise to the summit of basketball in the most prestigious basketball leagues in the world took a momentous turn when he lifted the NBA Championship with the Toronto Raptors for the first time in 2019. A five-time NBA All-star, Kyle Lowry is no stranger to the intense action of the NBA. In this Kyle Lowry biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life, we review the life of the top basketball player.
Kyle Lowry Biography Facts, Age, Nickname, Family, Wife, Zodiac
- Full Name: Kyle Terrell Lowry
- Nicknames: The Bulldog, Klow
- Born: March 25, 1986 (age 36)
- Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Nationality: American
- Height: 6 ft 0 in
- Shoe Size: 13
- Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
- Education: Cardinal Dougherty High School, Villanova University
- Mother: Marie Holloway
- Father: Lonnie Lowry Sr.
- Sibling: Lonnie Lowry (Brother)
- Spouse: Ayahna Cornish-Lowry
- Children: Karter Lowry (son), Kameron Lowry
- Net Worth: $55 million
- Occupation: Basketball Player
- League: NBA
- NBA Draft: 2006 (round 1, pick 24 overall) by Memphis Grizzles
- Current Team: Toronto Raptors
- Playing Position: Point guard
- Playing Career: 2006 – present
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Kyle Lowry Childhood Story and Early Life
Kyle Lowry is one of two children born to Mr Lonnie Lowry Sr. and Mrs Marie Holloway. He was born in Philadelphia and had a really tough childhood as a result of his parent’s marital issues. Although his father lived 10 minutes away from him and his elder brother, Lonnie Lowry Jr., he was not involved in the lives of his sons. His mother, Marie Holloway had to work really hard, taking up 2 jobs, in order to meet the needs of her children.
Sports served as a distraction for Kyle Lowry from the violence of Philadelphia. Lowry soon began playing basketball. His elder brother taught him how to dribble as well as shoot. While playing basketball, he became interested in another sport, baseball. But his brother convinced him to focus on basketball.
Kyle Lowry High School Career
Lowry basketball skills caught the attention of Dave Distal, an assistant coach at Cardinal Dougherty High School. He then convinced Lowry to attend Cardinal Dougherty High School. Lowry attended Cardinal Dougherty High School, and at the school, he was an active player in the basketball team. Lowry played as a point guard. In 2004, he was awarded the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year award, and was rated a five-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was ranked 6th among the top point guards in the US class of 2004.
Kyle Lowry College Career
Though he had other interests, Lowry finally committed to Villanova University where he spent two seasons. In his freshman season, Lowry played in 24 games and reached an average of 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 7.5 points. For his performance, he earned a place in the Big East All-Rookie team. The next year, Lowry played in 33 games, and started in 31 of those games. He averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 11.0 points. His top form secured him a place for him in the First Team All-Big 5 and the All-Big East Second Team.
Kyle Lowry Professional NBA Career and Highlights
Memphis Grizzlies (2006–2009)
Lowry was selected as the 24th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, he played in 10 games in his rookie season, before he came down with a season-ending fractured wrist in November 2006. In the 2007/08, he returned to action, and played in 82 games for the Memphis Grizzlies. In the 2008/09 season, Lowry competed with Mike Conley Jr. for playing time in the point guard position, and with the arrival of a new coach in the team, the position was given to Mike Conley Jr. to the disappointment of Lowry.
Houston Rockets (2009–2012)
In February 2009, Lowry was traded to the Houston Rockets. In his first season with the Rockets, the Rockets made it to the playoffs which marked Lowry’s first time playing in the postseason. The next season, Lowry became a restricted free agent and signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth $23.5 million. The Rocket matched the offer and thus re-signed Lowry.
Throughout the 2010/11 season, Lowery’s profile in the NBA began to gain traction. In March 2011, he became the first Rockets player since the 2002/03 season to earn a triple-double. For the feat, he earned the Western Conference Player of the Week honour. In the 2011/12 season, Lowry came down with an infection. After the Rockets made the decision to take draft picks during the off-season as well as reduce their salary cap, they made the decision to trade Lowry.
Toronto Raptors (2012–present)
In July 2012, Lowry was traded to the Toronto Raptors. After playing in three games he was injured. But he returned back in action after a brief absence. Though the Raptors bought Lowry in order to boost the team’s chances of making it to the playoffs, they didn’t make it. New coach, Masai Ujiri, arrived at the Raptors in May 2013 and challenged Lowry about his abilities. He asked Lowry if he wanted to be a $2 million, $3 million player or a $10 million or more player. That marked the beginning of a new Lowry on the courts.
In the 2013/14 season, following the exit of the Raptors top scorer, Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, a shooting guard, teamed up to change the team’s performance in recent years. That season, the Raptors finished first in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors thus made it to the playoffs but lost to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. Following his rapid improvement in form, Lowry began attracting interest from franchises, such as the Houston Rockets and Miami Heats. He went on to sign a four-year deal with the Raptors valued at $48 million.
In the 2014/15 season, his top form continued. He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month in December 2014. He also was named to the 2015 NBA All-star game for the first time in his career. He also played in the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge that season. The Raptors made it to the playoffs after emerging fourth in the Eastern Conference but lost in the first round to the Washington Wizards. In the 2015/16 season, Lowry physique became slimmer. He was named to the 2016 All-star game and led the Raptors to the finals of the Eastern Conference for the first time, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was thus named to the All-NBA third team.
His performance in the 2016/17 season was also top-notch. He also became an unrestricted free agent during the season after he declined his $12 million deal. In July 2017, he penned a $100 million deal with the Raptors which will last for three years. He was selected for the fourth successive time to the NBA All-star game. He led the Raptors to the second round of the playoffs where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 2018/19 season was an amazing season for Lowry. If there were doubts about his abilities, he certainly cleared such doubts. He led the Raptors to the Eastern Conference finals where they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, to set a showdown against the Golden State Warriors. In the NBA Championship finals, he was key to the team’s first-ever NBA Championship win. After an amazing 2018/19 season, he signed a one-year deal with the Raptors valued at $31 million in October 2019.
Kyle Lowry National Team Career
Lowry was part of Team USA contingent to the 2016 Olympics, where he was key to the team’s advancement to the final where they won Gold.
Kyle Lowry Net Worth, Salary, Sponsorship and Endorsement
Kyle’s Lowry net worth is valued at $55 million. In October 2019, he signed a new contract that will see him earn $31 million in the 2019/20 season. Forbes ranked him as the 43rd highest-paid athlete in the world in 2019. He has sponsorship deals with Adidas, Google and AXE.
Kyle Lowry Personal Life
Lowry is married to Ayahna Cornish, whom he met at his high school, Cardinal Dougherty High School. Ayahna Cornish also played basketball during her days at Saint Joseph’s University. In fact, she was the best offensive player for two seasons consecutively. The couple has two kids, Karter and Kameron Lowry.
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