The Dubs’ hunt for Gay has been over a decade in the making. Did you know Gay was drafted at the #8 spot in the 2006 draft, just one step spot ahead of Golden State’s #9 selection?
In 2012 Gay was declared by Bleacher Report to be the most underrated star in the league, standing at 6-foot-8 with a smooth combination of power and athleticism, with a deep bag of scoring tricks at his disposal.
Indeed, he’s not the most underrated star in the NBA. If Rudy Gay isn’t the most underrated superstar in the NBA, then who is?
That same year Marcus Thompson II reported that when the Dubs were chasing after Andre Iguodala they also had Gay on their radar:
Golden State has long since had interest in Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala, who is exactly the playmaking athlete the Warriors need at small forward. Other small forwards high on their list, according to league sources, are Portland’s Nick Batum, Indiana’s Danny Granger and Memphis’ Rudy Gay.
And in 2013 a report came from an NBA insider that the Dubs turned down a trade offer for the versatile wing:
According to former NBA TV analyst Peter Vecsey, the Grizzlies offered Gay to the Warriors in exchange for Harrison Barnes, Jarrett Jack and either Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson, who both hold hefty contracts themselves.
Warriors have eyed Gay 4 couple yrs. Grizz wanted Barnes & Jack & would've assumed final year pact of AB or RJ. GS split decision against— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 1, 2013
Gay would go on to have a solid career, never making an All-NBA or an All-Star team, but getting buckets for five different teams. Now he has a chance to finally make the dreams of the both the Warriors’ organization and fans come true and get some more buckets.
And at the very least provide some strong locker room leadership for a team bringing along some young lottery picks. Here’s an excerpt from Gay’s season review from the Deseret News:
It’s not easy to accept that you aren’t the focal point of a roster, that Father Time has caught up. The most impressive thing that Gay did this season was accept his place in the NBA, and he did it with grace. He admitted that it was a difficult thing to do, but he didn’t want people to remember him as a person who went out kicking and screaming and complaining.
If you want to look at the stats, and see a career-low 3-point percentage of 25.4% for Gay and judge his performance based on his on-court production, you’re welcome to. But also remember that he only played 15 minutes per game and rarely took more than five shots per game. He wasn’t taking valuable time away from other players and he was helping the younger players on the court when he was out there.
Do you expect Rudy Gay to get playing time as a Warrior this season?
This poll is closed
Yes, he will be a weapon in the team’s small ball lineups.
Absolutely not, the team doesn’t need him