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Rudy Gay has impressive first game in Sacramento (VIDEO)

Dec 16, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

If Rudy Gay played like this every night he wouldn’t be the poster child for volume scorers, a player considered overrated by the statistical community.

In his home debut in Sacramento Gay 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting — more importantly most of his shots were not forced, they were good looks in the rhythm of the offense. He also he had five rebounds, four assists, and four steals as he played pretty good defense on the night leading the Kings past the Rockets.

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For Sacramento, getting him in a trade with Toronto was a reasonable gamble. If he plays like this within the system he is a fantastic addition to the team, if he opts out this summer (as he can) the Kings can try to re-sign him at a reasonable price, and if he bolts this summer they save a lot of money. If Gay looks at the market and what happened to Monta Ellis and others forced to take pay cuts, Gay may decide to stick around and collect his $19.3 million next season and if that happens the Kings can hope he plays like this. If not and they struggle some that was part of the rebuilding plan anyway.

  1. telergy - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Looks like a lot of the same ball hoggish play… Not impressed

    • money2long - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      wrong. good job rudy. teams need scorers. don’t just look at rudy putting the ball in the hole and tell yourself he is a ball hog. smh. it’s about flow of offense, smart shooting, and efficiency. it’s about whether any plays were stagnated. rudy played smart. didn’t force anything. don’t just call someone a ballhog because he is scoring. smh

      • milkman1989 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        by any chance were you trying to portray that you were shaking your head at this because you didn’t say at all

      • money2long - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        try using context clues to figure it out

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Excellent reply money. Some people get WAAY too caught up on perceptions on here.

      • money2long - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        yupp. thanks sir

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        SMDH telergy

  2. johngalt1783 - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Good for Gay. He might actually make the lottery bound Kings a bit better this season. In the meantime the Raptors look a lot better without him. They are averaging 104 PPG without him compared to 92 PPG with him. The four teams they averaged 104 PPG against (2 at home and 2 on the road) are giving up an average of only 100 PPG.

    So no only are the Raptors scoring 12 PPG without Gay they are scoring 4 more PPG without Gay than those four opponents give up.

    The Raptors are also 3 – 1 without Gay as opposed to 6 – 12 with him.

    The fact is. In Toronto Gay was hogging the ball and more importantly the paint on offense preventing better in the paint shooter like Amir Johnson and Jonas Valancunas from getting touches.

    The Raptors also added to solid rotation players in Vasquez and Patterson and a still useful Salmons.

    The only reason the Kings might be better with Gay is because they have very little talent on their team, namely only Cousins and Thomas besides Gay. So Gay will help them but he definitely did not help the Raptors and Masai made a great deal even without talking about the Raptors improved salary flexibility next summer assuming Gay would have opted in.

    Lowry will not get traded. Hollinger’s team ratings now has the Raptors ranked as the 3rd best team in the EC. I know a top seed for the Raptors in the 2014 playoffs sounds a bit crazy but who knows.

  3. teecrouch - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    People today are so concerns with “Stats” His TALENT dominated the game.

  4. connorchew - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I hope that it works out for this team. I like gay, cousins, and the rest of the core that they now have.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I’m guessing stat sheets aren’t banned in the Kings’ locker room just yet…

  6. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    screw the “stat community.” this isnt baseball

  7. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    The kings are 7-15, with 15 games coming at home already. Ouch! Dont get too excited Kings Nation, you have a long road ahead to respectabilty.

    inb4 the Twolves stink reply

  8. spursareold - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    IIRC, this is only the second game this year where he shot 50% or better.

    • nickmiller63 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      If this is only his second, then both of them have come with the Kings.

  9. conjecture101 - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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