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Rudy Gay

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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

21.2

REB

6.3

AST

4.6

STL

1.1

BLK

0.5

2014-15 NBA ROS 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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STATUS:  Game-Time Decision    INJURY:  Achilles    EST. RETURN:  12/18/2014
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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Signed a three year, $40 million extension with the Kings in November 2014.

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Gay is considered probable for Thursday's game against Milwaukee due to right Achilles tendinitis, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee 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 23 36.2 21.2 6.3 4.6 1.1 0.5 1.0 43.8 87.6 2.9 1.4 4.9 2.8 36.9 7.3 16.7 5.5 6.3
Rest Of Season Projections 28 SAC 52 36.3 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rudy Gay
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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 3 37.0 18.3 7.3 6.3 1.7 0.3 2.0 30.0 92.9 3.3 2.0 5.3 4.3 46.2 6.0 20.0 4.3 4.7
Last 14 Days 7 35.7 21.4 6.1 5.1 1.4 0.6 1.3 39.4 90.2 3.0 1.6 4.6 3.0 42.9 7.4 18.9 5.3 5.9
Last 30 Days 13 35.8 20.2 6.0 5.5 1.1 0.4 1.0 42.9 87.1 3.1 1.5 4.5 2.5 39.4 7.2 16.8 4.7 5.4
Last 5 Games 5 35.6 21.4 6.6 5.0 1.6 0.6 1.6 36.1 90.6 3.6 1.8 4.8 3.6 44.4 7.0 19.4 5.8 6.4
Last 10 Games 10 35.7 21.3 6.1 5.7 1.2 0.5 1.1 42.5 87.7 3.0 1.6 4.5 2.5 44.0 7.6 17.9 5.0 5.7
Last 20 Games 20 36.3 20.4 6.1 5.0 1.2 0.5 1.0 42.6 87.9 3.0 1.5 4.7 2.9 35.1 7.2 16.8 5.1 5.8

 

Rudy Gay Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Rudy Gay – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Small Forward
Also Listed As:  #5 Power Forward, #3 Shooting Guard

1.  Rudy Gay

2.  Ben McLemore

3.  Omri Casspi

4.  Derrick Williams

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True Shooting Percentage

54.4%

True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, Rudy Gay has a true shooting percentage of 54.4%.

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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 23 36.0 21.0 6.3 4.6 1.1 0.5 1.0 43.8 87.6 2.9 1.4 4.9 2.8 36.9 7.3 16.6 5.5 6.3
Rest Of Season Projections 28 SAC 52 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rudy Gay
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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 23 833 487 146 106 26 11 24 43.8 87.6 67 33 113 65 36.9 168 384 127 145
Rest Of Season Projections 28 SAC 52 1888 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rudy Gay
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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 23 36.2 54.4 46.9 17.1 10.8 1.6 20.7
Rest Of Season Projections 28 SAC 52 36.3 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Rudy Gay
Preseason Projections 28 SAC 76 34.7 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Rudy Gay

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Rudy Gay 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 16 OKC 35 22 6 3 1 1 3 8 20 5 6 1 2 1 5 3
Dec 13 DET 36 20 8 8 1 0 3 6 22 4 4 4 7 3 5 0
Dec 11 HOU 40 13 8 8 3 0 4 4 18 4 4 1 4 2 6 2
Dec 9 at LAL 34 23 5 5 0 1 4 7 18 7 8 2 4 0 5 3
Dec 8 UTA 33 29 6 1 3 1 4 10 19 9 10 0 1 3 3 5
Dec 6 ORL 36 16 5 6 2 1 2 7 15 2 3 0 2 1 4 2
Dec 5 IND 36 27 5 5 0 0 1 10 20 6 6 1 1 1 4 0
Dec 2 TOR 39 20 6 10 0 1 4 8 16 3 3 1 1 4 2 3
Nov 30 MEM 33 20 4 3 1 0 4 7 14 6 7 0 1 1 3 2
Nov 28 at SAS 35 23 8 8 1 0 1 9 17 4 6 1 2 0 8 2
Nov 26 at HOU                                
Nov 25 at NOP                                
Nov 22 at MIN 36 14 6 6 1 0 4 5 12 3 3 1 5 0 6 3
Nov 20 CHI 35 20 7 3 0 0 2 7 11 5 5 1 1 1 6 4
Nov 18 NOP 37 15 4 5 1 0 4 6 17 3 5 0 2 2 2 4
Nov 15 SAS 38 18 3 6 1 1 2 7 20 4 4 0 3 0 3 1
Nov 13 at MEM 40 25 7 2 1 1 0 8 17 8 8 1 2 3 4 3
Nov 11 at DAL 39 26 8 8 2 0 7 7 14 11 13 1 3 2 6 2
Nov 9 at OKC 38 23 10 6 2 0 1 9 19 4 4 1 6 2 8 2
Nov 7 at PHO 48 11 9 1 1 0 4 5 22 0 0 1 6 1 8 2
Nov 5 DEN 35 29 3 2 1 1 3 9 12 8 10 3 3 0 3 2
Nov 3 at DEN 23 14 4 3 1 1 3 4 13 6 7 0 1 2 2 1
Nov 2 at LAC 39 25 7 6 1 1 4 7 14 10 11 1 2 0 7 1
Oct 31 POR 36 40 8 1 1 0 0 13 19 11 13 3 4 2 6 2
Oct 29 GSW 34 14 9 0 1 1 3 5 15 4 5 0 2 2 7 3

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

Gay had his worst shooting night of the season, making four of his 18 shots in 40 minutes of action Thursday in an overtime loss to the Rockets, scoring 13 points.

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Gay scored 23 points (7-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-8 FT) and added four rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes of playing time against the Lakers on Tuesday.

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Gay scored 16 points (7-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with five rebounds, six assists, two steals and added a block in 36 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

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Gay scored 27 points (10-20 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added four rebounds, and five assists.

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Gay scored 20 points (8-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), with 10 assists, six rebounds and one block in 39 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Raptors.

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Gay (Achilles) returned from a two-game absence and scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding eight rebounds, eight assists, and a steal in 35 minutes against the Spurs Friday.

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Gay (Achilles) is now listed as probable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

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Gay (Achilles) is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs, Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Gay (Achilles) hopes to return to action Friday against the Spurs, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.

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Gay (Achilles) will not play Tuesday against the Pelicans, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Gay (Achilles) is questionable for Tuesday's contest at New Orleans, the Kings' official site reports.

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Gay (Achilles) managed to play 35 minutes Thursday and recorded 20 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, and three assists.

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2014-15

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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.