Kyle Lowry has gotten the season off to as strong of a start as anyone could've expected from him at this stage of his career, but he's far from satisfied.
"I think I can be a lot better," Lowry said after Toronto's win over the Orlando Magic on Monday. "Give me another couple weeks of playing and getting some extra cardio and get my body right a little bit more, and I'll be a little bit better."
Lowry underwent a procedure this offseason to repair a torn tendon is his left thumb, an injury he suffered in last season's playoffs. He sat out most of training camp as he continued to recover from surgery and appeared in only one preseason game with the Raptors.
Lowry struggled with his shot in Toronto's season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans - he missed 11 of his 15 shot attempts - but he got to the free throw line 13 times and finished with 22 points. He then scored 29 points in a loss to the Boston Celtics a few nights later, following it up with a near triple-double (11 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) against the Chicago Bulls over the weekend.
Against the Magic on Monday, Lowry scored a team-high 26 points and came up big down the stretch to secure the win.
Lowry is now averaging 22.0 points, 6.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds through four games this season. If he were to sustain that scoring for the entire season, it would be the second-highest mark of his career, his career-high coming in 2016-17 when he averaged 22.4 points per game.
The only knock on Lowry's play so far has been his efficiency, as he's shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from 3-point range. Both are an improvement over last season but slightly below his career averages.
Even so, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse seems to be impressed with how Lowry has come out of the gates.
"Nothing really surprises me about him, to be honest with you," Nurse said. "He's just such an experienced guy and he's such a gamer, man."