Rudy Gay has been traded for the second time in less than a year, moving from the Toronto Raptors to the Sacramento Kings in a 7-player deal this past week.
Over the couple of years, Gay, who joined the Huskies of Honor and was one of the rising stars in the NBA while with Memphis, has had a rough time, his shooting percentage and efficiency stats going way down. And in the era of advanced stats, the numbers matter to NBA evaluators – it’s more than just scoring average or star power. Gay is averaging 19.4 points, but shooting 39.8 percent. On Nov. 11, he hit 11 of 37 shots in Toronto’s OT loss to Houston.
Now, Gay, still just 27, tries to rebuild his image and career in the NBA with the Kings. This week, he told USA Today’s Sam Amick:
“One thing about me is that nothing is going to hurt my confidence. … Being traded shouldn’t hurt your confidence. It should make you more confident, because obviously this is a team that wants me and wants me to be a part of the team. It doesn’t hurt my confidence at all. Once you’ve gone into a situation, you have to find different ways for you to be effective.”
Gay debuted with the Kings on Friday night and appeared more selective – made 8 of his 12 shots, scoring 24 points. But the Kings lost to the Suns 116-107. After the game, Gay told the Sacramento Bee:
“Guys helped me, coach helped me. They put me in the right spots and made it an easy transition. I’ve still got a lot to learn, and I think I can still get better.”