The lone All-NBA selection of Kyle Lowry's 14-year NBA career came four years ago at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
In the four years since, he's added an NBA title and four more All-Star appearances to his resume but has yet to earn the All-NBA distinction for a second time.
This is the season that should change.
Simply put, Lowry's performance in the 2019-20 season warrants an All-NBA honour. There might be other guards with more highlight plays or gaudier averages, but you'd be hard-pressed to find six guards more deserving of the distinction.
After taking a step back as a scorer last season, Lowry is back to averaging All-NBA-calibre numbers across the board. Take a look at his All-NBA season in comparison to his past two seasons:
Scoring isn't everything, but it's hard not to marvel at some of the things Lowry has done this year from that standpoint. Through 52 games this season, Lowry has scored 20 or more points 27 times, nearly twice as many as his total in 65 total games last season (15).
That he's doing so out of necessity only adds to his case. With Kawhi Leonard gone, defences know that Lowry is back to being one of the Raptors' top-two scoring options and despite that fact, he's still finding ways to efficiently produce at a high level, in his 14th season no less.