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Rudy Gay

30-Year-Old    PF,SF    Sacramento Kings

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

18.7

REB

6.3

AST

2.8

STL

1.5

BLK

0.9

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Gay filled his familiar role as the top sidekick to DeMarcus Cousins last season, but turned in one of his most disappointing years as a professional, with his 17.2 points and 1.7 assists per game both ranking as his third-lowest averages in 10 NBA seasons. Cousins’ climbing...

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STATUS:  Out For Season    INJURY:  Achilles    EST. RETURN:  10/1/2017
HT: 6' 8"   WT: 230 lbs   DOB: 8/17/1986  College: Connecticut
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #8 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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Rudy Gay Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Kings in November of 2014. Contract includes a player option for the 2017-18 season.

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Gay (Achilles) underwent successful surgery Monday, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Rudy Gay NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 19 78 27.0 10.8 4.4 1.3 0.9 0.9 0.7 42.2 72.7 1.8 1.2 3.3 1.8 36.4 4.1 9.7 1.9 2.7
2007-08 20 81 37.0 20.1 6.2 2.0 1.4 1.0 1.7 46.2 78.5 2.3 1.7 4.4 4.8 34.6 7.7 16.7 3.1 3.9
2008-09 21 79 37.3 18.9 5.5 1.7 1.2 0.7 1.1 45.3 76.7 2.6 1.4 4.2 3.1 35.1 7.2 16.0 3.3 4.4
2009-10 22 80 39.7 19.6 5.9 1.9 1.5 0.8 0.8 46.6 75.3 2.1 1.4 4.5 2.5 32.7 7.5 16.1 3.8 5.0
2010-11 23 MEM 54 39.9 19.8 6.2 2.8 1.7 1.1 1.1 47.1 80.5 2.5 1.5 4.7 2.7 39.6 7.6 16.1 3.6 4.5
2011-12 24 MEM 65 37.3 19.0 6.4 2.3 1.5 0.8 0.8 45.5 79.1 2.5 2.0 4.4 2.7 31.2 7.5 16.4 3.2 4.0
2012-13 25 MEM 42 36.7 17.2 5.9 2.6 1.3 0.7 1.0 40.8 77.6 2.5 1.3 4.6 3.1 31.0 6.7 16.4 2.9 3.7
2012-13 25 TOR 33 34.7 19.5 6.4 2.8 1.7 0.7 1.3 42.5 85.6 2.8 1.3 5.1 4.0 33.6 7.3 17.1 3.6 4.2
2012-13 25 MEM/TOR 75 35.8 18.2 6.1 2.7 1.5 0.7 1.1 41.6 81.4 2.6 1.3 4.8 3.5 32.3 6.9 16.7 3.2 3.9
2013-14 26 SAC 55 34.4 20.1 5.5 3.1 1.2 0.6 0.8 48.2 83.6 3.0 1.5 4.0 2.5 31.2 7.4 15.3 4.5 5.4
2013-14 26 TOR 18 35.5 19.4 7.4 2.2 1.6 1.3 1.2 38.8 77.3 3.3 1.6 5.8 3.3 37.3 7.2 18.6 3.8 4.9
2013-14 26 SAC/TOR 73 34.7 20.0 6.0 2.9 1.3 0.8 0.9 45.5 82.2 3.1 1.5 4.4 2.7 33.0 7.4 16.2 4.4 5.3
2014-15 27 SAC 68 35.4 21.1 5.9 3.7 1.0 0.6 1.2 45.5 85.8 2.7 1.4 4.4 3.2 35.9 7.5 16.4 5.0 5.8
2015-16 28 SAC 70 34.0 17.2 6.5 1.7 1.4 0.7 1.1 46.3 78.0 2.0 1.5 5.0 3.1 34.4 6.7 14.4 2.8 3.6
2016-17 29 SAC 30 33.8 18.7 6.3 2.8 1.5 0.9 1.4 45.5 85.5 2.5 1.2 5.2 3.8 37.2 6.7 14.7 3.9 4.6
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Rudy Gay NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 34.4 20.0 6.4 2.2 1.8 2.0 2.2 46.6 87.5 3.8 2.4 4.0 4.0 55.0 6.8 14.6 4.2 4.8
Last 10 Games 10 32.3 17.5 6.3 2.0 1.4 1.2 1.6 43.0 88.1 2.4 1.5 4.8 4.2 38.1 6.1 14.2 3.7 4.2
Last 20 Games 20 33.3 17.0 6.2 2.9 1.6 0.9 1.5 43.4 90.4 2.8 1.4 4.9 4.1 35.4 6.1 14.1 3.3 3.7

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Rudy Gay
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Jan 28 @CHA Did Not Play
Jan 27 @IND Did Not Play
Jan 25 @CLE Did Not Play
Jan 23 @DET Did Not Play
Jan 21 @CHI Did Not Play
Jan 20 @MEM Did Not Play
Jan 18 IND 28 21 4 0 2 1 3 8 13 2 2 3 4 3 1 3
Jan 15 OKC 36 22 10 2 2 2 3 6 18 8 9 2 5 2 8 4
Jan 13 CLE 35 23 10 2 0 4 2 8 14 4 5 3 3 5 5 5
Jan 10 DET 38 11 7 4 3 1 7 3 11 4 4 1 2 2 5 5
Jan 8 GSW 35 23 1 3 2 2 4 9 17 3 4 2 6 0 1 3
Jan 6 LAC 33 18 7 1 0 0 0 7 17 3 3 1 6 1 6 0
Jan 4 MIA Did Not Play
Jan 3 @DEN Did Not Play
Dec 31 MEM Did Not Play
Dec 28 @POR Did Not Play
Dec 26 PHI 36 17 9 2 0 1 4 7 16 2 2 1 4 2 7 1
Dec 23 @MIN Did Not Play
Dec 21 @UTA Did Not Play
Dec 20 POR Did Not Play
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Dec 18 @DAL Did Not Play
Dec 16 @MEM Did Not Play
Dec 14 @HOU Did Not Play
Dec 12 LAL 14 7 5 2 2 1 0 2 6 3 3 0 3 0 5 0
Dec 10 @UTA 33 20 5 3 2 0 1 7 15 3 4 3 4 0 5 2
Dec 9 NYK 35 13 5 1 1 0 0 4 15 5 6 0 5 0 5 5
Dec 7 @DAL 31 19 3 4 4 0 2 8 14 2 2 1 3 1 2 1
Dec 4 @NYK 35 22 9 4 3 0 3 7 18 6 6 2 6 2 7 3
Dec 2 @BOS 35 13 8 3 1 0 6 6 14 0 0 1 7 0 8 3
Nov 28 @WAS 38 18 5 2 2 1 6 7 16 3 3 1 4 2 3 5
Nov 27 @BKN 32 22 8 8 1 1 2 8 15 3 4 3 5 4 4 1
Nov 25 HOU 37 10 4 3 3 0 0 4 12 2 2 0 4 0 4 1
Nov 23 OKC 34 17 9 4 0 0 2 6 15 2 2 3 6 2 7 3
Nov 20 TOR 36 23 9 4 1 3 4 9 13 4 4 1 1 0 9 3
Nov 18 LAC 33 9 3 3 2 0 4 3 11 3 4 0 2 0 3 5
Nov 16 SAS 32 11 3 3 0 1 2 3 11 4 4 1 2 1 2 1
Nov 11 @POR 43 29 14 3 2 1 6 9 18 9 10 2 4 4 10 2
Nov 10 LAL 33 15 8 1 2 0 1 6 13 3 4 0 3 0 8 1
Nov 8 NOP 33 21 6 6 2 1 0 7 16 5 5 2 4 0 6 1
Nov 6 @TOR 35 23 5 1 1 0 2 9 19 3 4 2 5 2 3 3
Nov 5 @MIL Did Not Play
Nov 3 @ORL 32 16 2 2 1 0 3 6 13 2 5 2 3 0 2 3
Nov 1 @MIA 42 30 12 1 1 0 2 11 24 6 6 2 4 0 12 2
Oct 31 @ATL 31 22 3 5 2 0 2 8 13 5 7 1 2 0 3 5
Oct 29 MIN 33 28 6 2 1 2 2 11 20 6 8 0 0 2 4 3
Oct 27 SAS 32 17 7 2 2 0 1 3 10 10 12 1 3 0 7 4
Oct 26 @PHO 33 22 3 2 0 4 0 9 15 3 4 1 3 0 3 1
Rudy Gay Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Date Opponent PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
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#6 Power Forward
Also Listed As:  #7 Small Forward

True Shooting Percentage

55.9%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Rudy Gay has a true shooting percentage of 55.9%.

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Rudy Gay NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 19 78 36.0 14.5 5.9 1.7 1.2 1.3 0.9 42.2 72.7 2.4 1.6 4.3 2.4 36.4 5.5 13.0 2.6 3.6
2007-08 20 81 36.0 19.6 6.0 1.9 1.3 0.9 1.6 46.2 78.5 2.3 1.7 4.3 4.6 34.6 7.5 16.2 3.0 3.8
2008-09 21 79 36.0 18.3 5.3 1.7 1.2 0.7 1.0 45.3 76.7 2.5 1.3 4.0 3.0 35.1 7.0 15.4 3.2 4.2
2009-10 22 80 36.0 17.8 5.4 1.7 1.3 0.7 0.7 46.6 75.3 1.9 1.3 4.0 2.3 32.7 6.8 14.6 3.4 4.5
2010-11 23 MEM 54 36.0 17.9 5.6 2.6 1.5 1.0 1.0 47.1 80.5 2.3 1.4 4.2 2.4 39.6 6.8 14.5 3.2 4.0
2011-12 24 MEM 65 36.0 18.3 6.2 2.2 1.4 0.8 0.8 45.5 79.1 2.4 1.9 4.3 2.6 31.2 7.2 15.9 3.1 3.9
2012-13 25 MEM 42 36.0 16.9 5.8 2.5 1.3 0.7 0.9 40.8 77.6 2.4 1.3 4.5 3.0 31.0 6.6 16.1 2.8 3.6
2012-13 25 TOR 33 36.0 20.2 6.7 3.0 1.8 0.7 1.4 42.5 85.6 3.0 1.4 5.3 4.1 33.6 7.5 17.7 3.7 4.4
2012-13 25 MEM/TOR 75 36.0 18.3 6.2 2.7 1.5 0.7 1.1 41.6 81.4 2.7 1.3 4.9 3.5 32.3 7.0 16.8 3.2 4.0
2013-14 26 SAC 55 36.0 21.1 5.8 3.2 1.3 0.6 0.8 48.2 83.6 3.1 1.6 4.2 2.6 31.2 7.7 16.1 4.8 5.7
2013-14 26 TOR 18 36.0 19.7 7.5 2.3 1.6 1.3 1.2 38.8 77.3 3.3 1.6 5.9 3.3 37.3 7.3 18.9 3.8 5.0
2013-14 26 SAC/TOR 73 36.0 20.7 6.2 3.0 1.4 0.8 0.9 45.5 82.2 3.2 1.6 4.6 2.8 33.0 7.6 16.8 4.5 5.5
2014-15 27 SAC 68 36.0 21.4 6.0 3.7 1.1 0.6 1.2 45.5 85.8 2.7 1.5 4.5 3.3 35.9 7.6 16.7 5.0 5.9
2015-16 28 SAC 70 36.0 18.2 6.9 1.8 1.5 0.8 1.1 46.3 78.0 2.1 1.6 5.3 3.3 34.4 7.1 15.2 3.0 3.8
2016-17 29 SAC 30 36.0 20.0 6.8 2.9 1.6 0.9 1.5 45.5 85.5 2.6 1.2 5.5 4.0 37.2 7.1 15.7 4.2 4.9
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Rudy Gay NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2006-07 19 78 2103 846 347 100 71 74 52 42.2 72.7 140 93 254 143 36.4 321 760 152 209
2007-08 20 81 3000 1632 499 158 111 79 134 46.2 78.5 190 140 359 387 34.6 625 1354 248 316
2008-09 21 79 2945 1493 437 135 98 59 85 45.3 76.7 203 109 328 242 35.1 572 1262 264 344
2009-10 22 80 3176 1567 472 153 118 64 66 46.6 75.3 169 115 357 202 32.7 600 1288 301 400
2010-11 23 MEM 54 2152 1069 336 153 91 58 57 47.1 80.5 135 82 254 144 39.6 409 869 194 241
2011-12 24 MEM 65 2422 1232 417 147 95 55 54 45.5 79.1 161 130 287 173 31.2 485 1067 208 263
2012-13 25 MEM 42 1541 723 249 108 56 31 40 40.8 77.6 104 56 193 129 31.0 281 688 121 156
2012-13 25 TOR 33 1146 643 212 94 57 22 44 42.5 85.6 94 43 169 131 33.6 240 565 119 139
2012-13 25 MEM/TOR 75 2687 1366 461 202 113 53 84 41.6 81.4 198 99 362 260 32.3 521 1253 240 295
2013-14 26 SAC 55 1892 1107 304 169 67 33 43 48.2 83.6 165 84 220 138 31.2 407 844 250 299
2013-14 26 TOR 18 639 350 133 40 28 23 22 38.8 77.3 59 29 104 59 37.3 130 335 68 88
2013-14 26 SAC/TOR 73 2531 1457 437 209 95 56 65 45.5 82.2 224 113 324 197 33.0 537 1179 318 387
2014-15 27 SAC 68 2408 1432 399 250 71 41 79 45.5 85.8 183 98 301 220 35.9 508 1116 337 393
2015-16 28 SAC 70 2379 1204 456 120 100 51 74 46.3 78.0 139 103 353 215 34.4 466 1007 198 254
2016-17 29 SAC 30 1013 562 190 83 45 26 42 45.5 85.5 74 35 155 113 37.2 201 442 118 138
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Rudy Gay NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2006-07 19 78 27.0 49.7 45.7 9.2 12.8 0.7 10.3
2007-08 20 81 37.0 54.7 51.1 8.6 10.3 0.8 18.4
2008-09 21 79 37.3 52.8 48.7 7.7 11.6 0.7 15.8
2009-10 22 80 39.7 53.5 49.1 8.6 9.5 0.9 17.7
2010-11 23 MEM 54 39.9 54.8 50.3 12.1 10.7 1.1 19.7
2011-12 24 MEM 65 37.3 52.1 48.0 9.9 10.8 0.9 17.7
2012-13 25 MEM 42 36.7 47.8 43.8 11.1 10.7 1.0 14.8
2012-13 25 TOR 33 34.7 51.3 46.4 11.5 11.5 1.0 17.8
2012-13 25 MEM/TOR 75 35.8 49.4 44.9 11.3 11.1 1.0 16.1
2013-14 26 SAC 55 34.4 56.7 50.8 12.9 12.6 1.0 18.7
2013-14 26 TOR 18 35.5 46.8 42.1 8.5 12.5 0.7 16.1
2013-14 26 SAC/TOR 73 34.7 54.0 48.3 11.7 12.6 0.9 18.1
2014-15 27 SAC 68 35.4 55.6 49.1 14.5 10.6 1.4 19.8
2015-16 28 SAC 70 34.0 53.8 50.0 8.7 10.1 0.9 17.1
2016-17 29 SAC 30 33.8 55.9 50.2 12.6 11.2 1.1 19.0
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Rudy Gay: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Gay (Achilles) was scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Monday.

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An MRI on Thursday confirmed Gay suffered a fully torn left Achilles' tendon during Wednesday's 106-100 loss to the Pacers, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 in Sacramento (KXTV) reports. Gay will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

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The Kings medical staff indicated that preliminary tests revealed Gay suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon during Wednesday's 106-100 loss to the Pacers, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports. The forward will undergo an MRI on Thursday before a formal diagnosis of his injury is provided.

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Gay suffered an apparent non-contact injury during Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Kings television sideline reporter Kayte Christensen reports.

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Gay registered 23 points (8-14 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, four blocks and two assists across 35 minutes in a 120-108 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.

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Gay scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and added three assists, two steals, two blocks and one rebound across 35 minutes during Sunday's 117-106 loss to the Warriors.

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Gay (hip) started at small forward and provided 18 points (7-17 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds and one assist across 33 minutes in a 106-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday.

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Gay (hip) is listed in the starting lineup at small forward for Friday's game against the Clippers, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Gay (hip) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Clippers, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Gay (hip), who is officially listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers, indicated that he plans to play in the contest, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports. "I'm going [Friday], I'm a go," Gay said.

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Gay (hip) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Clippers, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Gay (hip) won't play in Wednesday's matchup with the Heat, James Ham of CSN Bay Area reports.

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2016-17

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2015-16

Entering the first year of a three-year, $40 million contract extension with Sacramento, Gay enjoyed one of the most productive seasons of his career. In 68 games played, Gay averaged 21.1 points and 3.7 assists while shooting 86 percent from the line, all which registered as career-highs. A midseason coaching change and emphasis on up-tempo play from George Karl seemed to invigorate Gay, who increased his offensive output to 23.9 points per game and shot 48 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc in the second half of the season. Gay's biggest strength is his ability to create his own shot and score from all over the court. His main weakness is his inability to maintain focus on the defensive end, along with getting caught up in isolation plays for himself on offense. Gay will now get the benefit of playing with a defensive-minded big man in rookie Willie Cauley Stein and a pass-first point guard in Rajon Rondo. Entering his 10th NBA season, Gay still possesses the talent to produce as an elite-level small forward this upcoming season.

2014-15

A month-and-a-half into the 2013-14 season, the Raptors made the decision to send Gay and his inflated contract to the Kings in exchange for a package centered around Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson. Prior to the deal, Gay was off to the worst start of his career, shooting 39 percent from the field while attempting a career-high 18.6 field goals per game. Gay would only play 18 games for the Raptors. Astonishingly, he failed to top 50-percent shooting in any of those games. After the trade, however, Gay was a different player. His scoring average saw a moderate bump, but it was the efficiency that caught the eyes of the league. In 55 games for Sacramento, Gay shot a career-high 48 percent from the field, despite making only 31 percent of his three-pointers – well below his career average of 34 percent. Gay's two-point percentage skyrocketed from a career-low (by far) 39 percent pre-trade, to a career-best 52 percent post-trade. He also added 5.5 rebounds and a career-best 3.1 assists per game. Over the summer, Gay exercised his $19.3 million player option for the 2014-15 season, as expected. He'll return to join DeMarcus Cousins in one of the most intriguing, but enigmatic frontcourt duos in the Western Conference. The Kings hope Gay can use the second half of last season and a summer with Team USA at the FIBA World Cup as a springboard to more consistent, efficient production.

2013-14

In 33 games with the Raptors last season, Gay saw modest jumps from his Memphis numbers across the board in every counting stat. However, his production in those categories comes at a cost. The most disturbing development surrounding Gay's 2012-13 campaign was a steep drop off in efficiency from the field. In his previous five seasons, he shot between 45 and 47 percent from the field, but last season that fell to 42 percent while his field goals attempted per game stayed relatively constant. Gay has averaged better than 1.2 steals per game in every season since his rookie year, and he has steadily averaged around 6.0 boards per game, but he has also averaged 2.5 turnovers per contest for his career, and after joining the Raptors, that climbed to 2.9 per game, which, over a full season would represent a career high. Despite playing alongside similar players in DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross, Gay will have the freedom to hoist to his heart's content and could approach 20 points per game, but he's certainly not without his flaws.

2012-13

Gay brings a lot to the table from a fantasy perspective, and his averages in the counting stats have been almost identical each of the past five seasons. The only negative on Gay’s resume from last season was his poor shooting from outside. He hoisted 2.7 threes per game, but only connected on 31.2 percent of them, down from 39.6 percent shooting from long range in 2010-11. After missing the end of the 2010-11 season with a dislocated shoulder, Gay returned last year and played in 65 of 66 games. He has averaged between 18-to-21 points per game each of the past five seasons, while maintaining a field goal percentage of 45 percent or better. He’s not much of a distributer, but his averages of 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks helped keep him in the top tiers of small forwards to target in drafts.

2011-12

Gay was one of only two players to average over one block, three-pointer, and steal per game last season, the other being Kevin Durant. Unfortunately for Gay’s owners, he dislocated his shoulder so badly he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery. Gay’s expected to be ready to participate in regular activity by September, putting him in great position to start the 2011-12 season. Through 54 games played last season, Gay averaged 19.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 three-pointer, 1.7 steals, 1.1 blocks, and 2.5 turnovers in 40 minutes. With his efficiency beyond the arc increasing last season, we might see Gay start to hoist up more three-pointers this season, a development that would raise his fantasy value even higher.

2010-11

After his breakout 2007-08 season, there were a lot of reasons to be excited about Rudy Gay. About 134 of them, you could say, as that was the number of three pointers he hit. And as he was just entering his age-22 season, even the most conservative projections would've called for him to improve, both in that category and all across the board. But he didn't. Not at all. In fact, he regressed. In 2008-09, playing in only two fewer games than the season before, Gay's total three pointers dropped by 48, to 85. Basically everything else declined, as well: points per game (by over a point per game), rebounds (by 0.7), assists (0.3), steals (0.2), blocks (0.3), field goal percentage (by 0.9), and free throw percentage (by 1.7) – all this despite his playing time rising slightly. In retrospect, it's likely the arrival of O.J. Mayo had a bigger-than-expected effect, but even factoring in Mayo's touches beforehand, the downward trend was surprising. Appropriately, it was difficult to know what Gay's 2009-10 would look like, especially when accounting for the arrival of Zach Randolph – and, to a lesser extent, center Marc Gasol. Would Gay continue to decline? Would his touches dry up? All things considered, last season was probably almost as surprisingly pleasant as the previous season was disappointing. The three-point totals continued to recede (only 66 on the season), but most everything else saw a slight improvement. And with a very similar cast returning this season, it's reasonable to expect something similar.

2009-10

Gay took a step back in his third NBA season, producing slightly worse numbers in all nine rotisserie categories after his stellar sophomore campaign. There’s reason to be optimistic about him, though, as he was extremely impressive during the Team USA practices this summer against the best young talent in the NBA. Gay is also entering a contract year, and has had a full season to get used to playing next to another high-scoring wing in O.J. Mayo on a Grizzlies team that, on paper looks like an up-and-comer. Gay is 6-9 with extremely long arms and outstanding leaping ability, with the quickness to defend most guards and the strength to hold his own at power forward. He has shown the ability to make an impact as a help defender and knock down the trey at a decent clip, and with two-year averages of almost 46 percent shooting from the field and almost 78 percent shooting from the line, he has the potential to be an eight-category contributor with assists as his only noticeable weak spot. If Gay does break out he has Danny Granger-type potential, making him a nice name to call a few rounds after Granger in your draft.

2008-09

On physical ability alone, Gay’s potential has always been off the charts, but observers worried that he just didn’t like basketball all that much. Gay took a bit of a tumble in the 2006 Draft after developing a reputation for occasionally sleepwalking through games. But he woke up as a rookie with a campaign that earned him a first-team All-Rookie selection. As a sophomore he was even better, nearly doubling his scoring average to 20.1 points per game while posting significant improvement in his shooting percentages and every significant roto category. Primarily a wing, the 6-9 Gay has developed the strength to play on the low block at times – which may be necessary on a Memphis team that looks terribly thin in the big man department. But he hasn’t sacrificed the speed and agility that make him a very tough assignment for most threes, and an emerging long-range shooting touch (1.7 threes per game in 2007-08) will make him even harder to defend.

2007-08

Gay is a tremendous physical specimen, 6-9, with the wingspan of a pterodactyl and “leap-out-of-the-gym” athleticism. He’s blessed with all the tools to emerge as a superstar in the NBA. But questions about his mental approach – and a tendency to disappear during games he should have dominated at the college level – knocked him out of contention to be the top pick in the 2006 draft. Memphis grabbed him with the eighth overall pick and was rewarded with a first team All-Rookie performance. Gay finished the year by averaging almost 14 points and six rebounds after the All-Star break. Gay also had a strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League this past summer, and with a full season under his belt he could be on tap for a breakout sophomore campaign.