Despite all the naysayers and non-believers of the former Connecticut Huskies star, Toronto pulled the trigger on a deal that will land Rudy Gay in a Raptors uniform. According to the NBA official site, a person with information on the deal has revealed the Raptors have parted ways Jose Calderon in an attempt to rebuild the team around a franchise player in Rudy Gay. Calderon hasn’t quite lived up to the reason why Toronto choose him as a free agent in 2003 where he went unselected during the NBA draft.
Rudy Gay is a major upgrade to an underachieving Toronto team who has been irrelevant since Chris Bosh took his talents to South Beach, the Raptors now have a player who can bring the excitement and athleticism similar to what Vince Carter displayed in his prime as a Raptor. I believe Rudy will have the same success as James Harden, as long as he can lead his time and prove that he has the talent we saw blemishes of when he was a member of the Grizzlies. Memphis is the biggest loser in this deal, by dealing Rudy Gay, they have drastically diminished their chances of an NBA Finals appearance, all for the sake of saving money for next season.
The Raptors would have a solid scoring duo in Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay, while I’m not sure how Demar Derozan will mesh with the pair, Derozan and Rudy Gay make for an athletic front court who can stretch the floor. My only concern is Toronto’s defense. According to the NBA official site, the Toronto Raptors are ranked 28th defensively in the league. Rudy Gay is mostly known for his offense, so I doubt the Toronto defense will improve by a large margin anytime soon. Rudy Gay has the opportunity to be the best Toronto player since Vince Carter, however, the Raptors remain a point guard and forward away from being in any serious playoff conversations, yet, I will continue to remain skeptical.
I’m long over due!
— Rudy Gay (@rudygay22) January 28, 2013
Rudy Gay is one of the most gifted players in the NBA because he can finish at the basket, shoot the long-ball, and dribble from coast to coast. Since entering the NBA he has averaged 17.9 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and .452 field goal percentage. His field goal percentage places him in the company of Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant despite the fact that Gay has fewer shot opportunities. Gay also helped the USA Olympic basketball squad win its first gold medal since 1994 at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. In the nine games he spent as a member of the USA Team, Rudy Gay averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.00 steals and gained the experience of playing international style basketball.
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