Rudy Gay and the Kings have arguably brought out the worst in each other.
Rudy Gay and the Kings have arguably brought out the worst in each other. Gay has more or less stuck to his inefficient, isolation-heavy offense and laissez faire defense, while Sacramento has done him no favors by constantly cycling through GMs, coaches and point guards instead of constructing an on-court setup that might make better use of his physical gifts. Along the way, Gay (17.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.7 APG) has passed age 30, made slight improvement on his poor shot selection diet, and publicly expressed confusion with the Kings’ organizational direction. While Gay in Sacramento feels a bit doomed, there’s still a nagging sensation that he could be a salvageable asset in the right scenario. Couldn’t Gay age more gracefully and effectively if cast in a smaller and supporting offensive role and placed in a winning environment that would push him to play defense and help provide some cover from scrutiny and individual expectations? (Last year: No. 52)
+ Touches fell with Rajon Rondo's arrival, suggesting he’s a candidate to bounce back
+ Gay says he “feel[s] better than I have in at least two years" after off-season Achilles surgery
– Ranks outside the top 100 players league-wide in PER, Win Shares and Real Plus Minus
– He’s won three playoff games total during his 10-year career