Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan all-stars? They have some backers.

Head coach Dwane Casey first broached the subject over the weekend of the Raptors having at least one all-star for the first time since Chris Bosh left town and Lowry and DeRozan definitely have a case.

DeRozan’s topping his previous career high by three points per game, has been a markedly better passer and has gone from a poor defender to closer to an average one. He has also had several clutch moments.

Lowry has an even better resume this season. He has averaged career bests in points, assists and steals per game, shooting his best mark ever from three-point range, leads the NBA in charges taken and ranks eighth in win shares, a complicated formula that carries great sway in the analytical community (names like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Paul George sit at the top). Lowry was a runner-up for player of the month in December and again for player of the week to start January.

All that while dealing with incessant trade rumours and the removal from the team of his best friend, Rudy Gay.

Indiana head coach Frank Vogel agreed with Casey that the two Raptors should be on the team this February in New Orleans.

“I think when you only have four teams plus .500 in the East, then those four teams should be heavy with all-star consideration,” Vogel said pre-game Tuesday.