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Rudy Gay

28-Year-Old    PF,SF    Sacramento Kings

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

20.0

REB

6.0

AST

2.9

STL

1.3

BLK

0.8

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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, shoo...

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HT: 6' 9"   WT: 222 lbs   DOB: 8/17/1986  College: Connecticut   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #8 Overall in 2006   Show ContractHide Contract

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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
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Rudy Gay – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Small Forward
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1.  Rudy Gay

2.  Derrick Williams

3.  Omri Casspi

4.  Ben McLemore

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True Shooting Percentage

54.0%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Rudy Gay had a true shooting percentage of 54.0%.

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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
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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
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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
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Rudy Gay 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 16 PHO 16 6 6 2 0 0 1 3 8 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
Apr 13 MIN                                
Apr 12 at LAC 34 16 6 2 2 0 2 6 18 3 4 1 2 3 3 3
Apr 9 at POR                                
Apr 8 OKC                                
Apr 6 DAL 44 32 6 8 0 0 2 12 18 7 9 1 2 1 5 1
Apr 4 at GSW 28 10 3 0 0 0 3 2 8 5 7 1 1 0 3 2
Apr 2 LAL 43 31 5 4 2 0 2 12 24 6 7 1 2 0 5 2
Mar 31 at NOP 40 22 5 5 0 0 3 7 18 7 8 1 3 3 2 2
Mar 29 at DAL 43 30 7 0 0 0 7 11 19 8 10 0 1 3 4 2
Mar 28 at OKC 21 7 2 1 0 0 4 3 11 1 1 0 3 2 0 3
Mar 26 NYK 37 14 3 3 1 0 4 4 10 6 9 0 2 0 3 2
Mar 23 MIL 41 24 8 4 0 1 3 9 16 6 7 0 4 2 6 3
Mar 21 SAS 32 14 5 3 0 2 4 4 14 5 5 1 3 1 4 1
Mar 18 WAS 38 24 6 1 3 0 5 10 17 4 5 0 0 1 5 4
Mar 16 at MIN 26 14 6 2 0 1 3 6 15 2 3 0 1 2 4 1
Mar 15 at CHI 31 13 5 3 1 2 1 5 12 3 4 0 1 2 3 4
Mar 12 at PHI 35 27 7 5 2 0 4 5 12 16 19 1 3 4 3 3
Mar 11 at DET 40 20 6 3 1 1 1 8 21 4 6 0 3 1 5 1
Mar 9 at BKN 32 20 4 0 0 0 1 9 18 1 2 1 4 2 2 2
Mar 7 at TOR 33 15 5 1 3 0 2 5 13 3 4 2 3 1 4 2
Mar 5 at MIL 35 22 7 6 2 0 5 8 16 6 6 0 5 1 6 3
Mar 3 NOP 30 14 2 2 0 0 4 5 10 4 4 0 0 0 2 5
Mar 1 MIN 33 24 6 1 2 1 3 8 14 4 4 4 7 3 3 1
Feb 28 at LAL 41 32 7 5 2 1 2 11 22 9 9 1 4 3 4 3
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Feb 25 HOU 34 25 3 6 2 1 3 10 16 3 3 2 3 0 3 2
Feb 23 at DEN 38 32 11 3 3 1 1 12 23 8 9 0 2 3 8 2
Feb 22 BOS 31 22 7 2 0 0 3 8 18 4 4 2 3 0 7 5
Feb 19 GSW 37 16 8 4 1 3 4 6 21 4 6 0 3 4 4 2
Feb 12 at NYK 45 20 7 3 2 0 4 9 22 0 2 2 6 3 4 4
Feb 11 at CLE 33 14 9 3 1 1 3 4 12 6 6 0 2 2 7 1
Feb 9 at WAS 32 5 4 4 0 1 4 2 11 1 2 0 2 2 2 2
Feb 7 at BOS                                
Feb 5 TOR 43 24 10 3 4 1 3 7 17 10 11 0 2 1 9 4
Feb 3 CHI 25 14 6 1 2 1 6 6 12 2 2 0 0 1 5 3
Feb 1 at SAS 37 23 7 6 5 0 0 9 18 4 7 1 1 3 4 2
Jan 31 at DAL 36 35 12 6 1 0 3 10 16 15 17 0 1 3 9 0
Jan 29 MEM 34 23 2 5 1 0 5 10 16 2 2 1 4 1 1 0
Jan 27 at UTA                                
Jan 26 DEN                                
Jan 24 IND                                
Jan 22 at HOU 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jan 21 at NOP 42 41 8 5 0 0 3 16 25 4 6 5 8 3 5 5
Jan 19 at OKC 27 6 2 4 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 2
Jan 17 at MEM 37 19 4 3 0 0 4 7 18 5 5 0 1 2 2 2
Jan 15 at MIN 37 33 5 6 2 1 2 12 19 6 6 3 3 1 4 2
Jan 14 at IND 30 12 0 2 3 0 2 6 14 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Jan 12 CLE 30 20 5 3 1 3 2 8 12 1 1 3 5 0 5 1
Jan 10 ORL 36 22 10 5 0 1 3 8 13 6 6 0 2 1 9 2
Jan 7 POR 31 32 5 4 1 0 1 10 16 9 9 3 5 2 3 6
Jan 4 CHA 41 17 10 4 0 0 4 8 14 1 2 0 0 4 6 2
Jan 2 PHI 30 18 7 2 1 1 3 7 11 4 5 0 1 2 5 1
Dec 31 at HOU 42 25 6 2 1 0 2 9 19 6 6 1 4 2 4 4
Dec 29 at SAS 39 24 9 2 1 2 0 10 20 4 6 0 2 1 8 2
Dec 27 MIA 40 26 3 1 1 1 5 11 19 3 3 1 5 1 2 2
Dec 23 NOP 39 11 5 2 2 0 6 2 12 7 8 0 1 2 3 1
Dec 21 at ORL 39 23 6 2 0 1 2 8 20 4 4 3 6 2 4 3
Dec 20 at MIA 35 14 6 6 3 1 7 7 13 0 2 0 3 0 6 3
Dec 18 at ATL 36 22 1 3 3 1 3 8 13 6 8 0 0 1 0 1
Dec 17 at CHA 24 4 3 1 0 0 2 1 6 2 3 0 0 0 3 1
Dec 15 HOU 39 26 5 4 4 1 4 10 20 5 6 1 3 1 4 5
Dec 13 at PHO 36 24 1 1 1 2 2 8 12 8 9 0 3 0 1 0
Dec 11 UTA                                
Dec 9 DAL                                
Dec 7 at UTA                                
Dec 6 LAL 32 17 10 3 2 1 1 6 15 4 4 1 3 1 9 3
Dec 3 OKC 34 18 4 0 2 0 5 6 12 5 6 1 3 1 3 3
Dec 1 GSW 38 23 9 3 3 2 2 10 23 3 4 0 2 2 7 1
Nov 29 LAC 40 21 11 3 0 2 3 9 21 2 7 1 3 2 9 3
Nov 24 at LAL                                
Nov 23 at LAC                                
Nov 20 at PHO 36 18 8 8 0 2 4 6 16 4 5 2 5 0 8 2
Nov 19 PHO                                
Nov 17 MEM 42 30 10 0 0 1 3 12 27 5 7 1 3 3 7 4
Nov 15 DET 32 20 9 1 0 1 4 7 15 5 6 1 1 2 7 2
Nov 13 BKN 42 23 6 4 5 2 4 8 18 3 4 4 6 1 5 2
Nov 9 POR 23 11 2 5 2 0 0 5 11 0 0 1 3 1 1 1
Nov 8 at POR 35 30 4 0 3 3 2 12 26 4 4 2 5 2 2 2
Nov 5 ATL 34 13 10 2 1 0 4 3 10 6 7 1 3 3 7 4
Nov 2 at GSW 35 18 15 0 3 0 5 4 14 8 10 2 5 2 13 2
Nov 1 LAC 32 14 5 1 0 2 2 6 23 2 4 0 3 2 3 2
Oct 30 DEN 34 19 8 1 2 0 5 8 18 2 3 1 2 2 6 3

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

Gay, who will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa, suffered his left ankle injury during Friday's practice, NBA.com's James Ham reports.

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Gay will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa due to a left ankle injury, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports.

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Gay scored 21 points (9-18 FG, 1-6 3P, 2-2 FT) with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's preseason OT loss to the Nets.

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Gay did not suffer a broken jaw as he indicated earlier according to a Team USA official, USA Today reports.

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Gay suffered a fractured jaw and chipped tooth in Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday, USA Today reports.

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Gay has been added to the current group of players vying for the 12 spots on Team USA's roster for the FIBA World Cup later this month, ESPN reports.

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Gay will exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season, Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Gay is expected to be a priority this off-season for the Kings even if he decides to opt out of his last year of his contract, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Gay scored six points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes against Phoenix on Wednesday.

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Gay (back) will play Wednesday against the Suns, Cowbell Kingdom reports.

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Gay (back) will not play in Sunday's game against the Timberwolves, the Kings' official site reports.

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Gay (back) returned from a two-game absence with 16 points (6-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and six rebounds in 34 minutes in the loss to the Clippers on Saturday.

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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.