Rudy Gay

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Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay Kings.jpg
Gay with the Sacramento Kings in December 2013
No. 8 – Sacramento Kings
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-08-17) August 17, 1986 (age 29)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Eastern Technical
(Essex, Maryland)
Archbishop Spalding
(Severn, Maryland)
College Connecticut (2004–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
20062013 Memphis Grizzlies
2013 Toronto Raptors
2013–present Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Rudy Carlton Gay, Jr. (born August 17, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'8" small forward played college basketball for the University of Connecticut before being drafted eighth overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2006 NBA draft.

Early years[edit]

Gay was one of five siblings and began playing competitive recreational basketball at the age of 12 years in the Turner Station community of Baltimore County, Maryland in one of the toughest youth basketball leagues in the area. Early exposure to Baltimore AAU basketball and summer league games in the Tom Jones Youth Summer League in Washington, D.C., showcased his abilities against top competition.[citation needed]

At the age of 14, Gay began playing for the nationally-known Cecil-Kirk AAU program under Coach Anthony Lewis with other blue-chip players such as Josh Boone (UConn), Paris Carter (New Mexico State), and Chester Frazier (Illinois). During the spring of his 8th grade year, Gay and teammate Scott Dozier were highly sought after by several private schools. Gay attended Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County, while Dozier enrolled at the St. Paul's School.[citation needed] Gay transferred to Archbishop Spalding High School of the Baltimore Catholic League after his sophomore year at Eastern Tech.[1][2]

High school career[edit]

Gay played his first two years at Baltimore County's Eastern Technical High School, a magnet school in Essex. He played varsity basketball both years. Although Eastern Tech was a Blue Ribbon academic institution, Gay's parents were concerned about his college preparation and during the summer of his sophomore year solicited help from Coach Collins who suggested several private schools in the area, including Archbishop Spalding High School. After reviewing each school's long term academic curriculum, it was decided that Gay would attend Spalding. Gay began playing for Spalding his Junior and senior years.[citation needed] He was one of the top recruits entering college play after attending Archbishop Spalding High School where he earned first team All-Baltimore Catholic League honors as a junior and senior, and was also honored as the Baltimore Sun's co-player of the year. He was the Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year, McDonald's All-American, and a Parade First Team All-American in his senior year after averaging 21.2 points per game, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks.[3]

Considered a five-star recruit by, Gay was listed as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 5 player in the nation in 2004.[4]

Gay's college recruitment and decision to attend the University of Connecticut over the University of Maryland were controversial.[5][6] Gay had expressed a desire to attend Maryland and said that he grew up rooting for the team, but he ultimately chose UConn. Because of the heavy involvement of an AAU coach and a high school coach, there was the appearance of impropriety, although no NCAA recruiting violations were discovered.[7] The NCAA adopted a new scheduling rule after UConn paid $25,000 to schedule a game against the Beltway Ballers, an ad hoc AAU team that consisted of Gay's former teammates.[8] Although it violated no standing rule at the time,[9] media observers and Connecticut staff considered it directly connected to the recruitment.[10] According to individuals close to Maryland head coach Gary Williams, the recruitment demonstrated that rule bending is often necessary to secure highly touted players, which Williams said he is unwilling to do, even at the expense of recruiting.[7]

College career[edit]

Rudy Gay with Jim Calhoun

During his first season at Connecticut, Gay was a co-winner (with Jeff Green of Georgetown) of the 2005 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year award. Gay was also named the National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

In the summer of 2005, Gay was invited to play for the USA's Men's Under-21 World Championship Team. He posted one double-double while averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Before his sophomore season began, Gay was nominated as Big East Preseason player of the year, along with Syracuse star, Gerry McNamara. After the season concluded, Gay was one of four division one college players nominated for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award (along with J. J. Redick, Adam Morrison, and Allan Ray). Also, he was a unanimous selection to the Big East's First Team. He tallied his career high in points with 28 versus Arkansas in the second game of the 2005–2006 season. Gay led the UConn Huskies to a 30–3 record, often the highest scorer, before losing to #11 seed George Mason in the regional final, in overtime, 86–84.

Gay was later inducted into the "Huskies of Honor" in 2012 while a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.[11]

Professional career[edit]

NBA draft[edit]

Gay, widely regarded as one of the top future NBA prospects, announced on April 17 that he would enter the 2006 NBA Draft.[12] He was selected with the 8th overall pick in the draft by the Houston Rockets, who then traded him and Stromile Swift to Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Shane Battier.

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

On July 12, 2006, Gay signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies who acquired his draft rights from the Houston Rockets. Gay averaged 10.8 points per game to help the Grizzlies win 22 games in 2007. After earning Rookie of the Month honours in November 2006, he was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team for the 2006–07 season and finished third in NBA Rookie of the Year voting behind Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani and Portland’s Brandon Roy, who won the award.[13]

In 2007–08, Gay's second season, he averaged 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game; After Pau Gasol was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during the season, he became the team's leading scorer. The Grizzlies still ended up with the same record as the previous year.

After his invitation to the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest, Gay and YouTube teamed up for the Rudy Gay Slam Dunk Contest promotion, in which he asked fans to upload footage of their best dunks for him to attempt during the contest. During the contest he performed a one handed reverse clutch dunk in the first round and during the second round teammate Kyle Lowry alley-ooped the ball off the bar and from behind the backboard Gay regathered and pulled off a windmill dunk. He ended with a score of 85 but did not advance to the second round. He was invited to participate in a second dunk contest during the 2009 All-Star Weekend, but was replaced by J. R. Smith due to injuries.

On December 13, 2009, Gay scored a career-high 41 points against the Miami Heat.[14]

On July 1, 2010, Gay re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for a contract worth $82 million over 5 years.[15]

On March 22, 2011 it was announced Gay would undergo season-ending surgery to repair a left shoulder subluxation sustained during a February 15, 2011 game versus the Philadelphia 76ers. At the time, Gay was averaging 19.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his fifth NBA season while posting career highs in assists (2.8), steals (1.69), blocks (1.07), field goal percentage (.471), three-point field goal percentage (.396), free throw percentage (.805) and minutes (39.9, 3rd in the NBA). As a result, Gay was forced to watch on the sidelines as the Grizzlies went on to clinch a 2011 NBA Playoffs berth and pull off a historic first round upset of the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.[16]

On January 31, 2012, Gay tied Shane Battier as the franchise’s all-time steals leader (523 steals) while playing against the Denver Nuggets.[13]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On January 30, 2013, the Grizzlies traded Gay to the Toronto Raptors in a three-way deal which included the Detroit Pistons.[17] Gay set a franchise record by scoring 74 points in his first three games with the Raptors.[18] The Toronto Raptors finished 34-48 and missed the playoffs.

Sacramento Kings[edit]

On December 9, 2013, the Raptors traded Gay, along with Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray, to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Greivis Vásquez, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson.[19]

On June 22, 2014, Gay exercised his $19.3 million contract option with the Kings for the 2014–15 season.[20] On October 31, 2014, Gay scored 40 points in a 103–94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On November 19, 2014, he signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension with the Kings.[21][22]

Gay appeared in just one of the Kings' final nine games of the 2014–15 season after experiencing headaches due to a concussion he received when he had a collision with his ex-teammate Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies on March 30. Gay had one of his best seasons in the NBA, averaging 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 68 games.[23]

On November 25, 2015, Gay scored a season-high 36 points in a 129–118 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[24]

National team career[edit]

Gay helped USA win its first gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship since 1994, averaging 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.00 steals in 13.4 minutes in nine games for the undefeated Americans. He was also a member of the national team in 2014 that collected gold at the FIBA Basketball World Cup after an undefeated campaign.


College career[edit]

2004–2005 (UConn – Freshman)
  • 11.4 points per game
  • 5.4 rebounds per game
  • 1.5 assists per game
  • 1.9 blocks per game
2005–2006 (UConn – Sophomore)
  • 15.2 points per game
  • 6.4 rebounds per game
  • 2.1 assists per game
  • 1.6 blocks per game

NBA career[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2006–07 Memphis 78 43 27.0 .422 .364 .727 4.5 1.3 .9 .9 10.8
2007–08 Memphis 81 81 37.0 .461 .346 .785 6.2 2.0 1.4 1.0 20.1
2008–09 Memphis 79 78 37.3 .453 .351 .767 5.5 1.7 1.2 .7 18.9
2009–10 Memphis 80 80 39.7 .466 .327 .752 5.9 1.9 1.5 .8 19.6
2010–11 Memphis 54 54 39.9 .471 .396 .805 6.2 2.8 1.7 1.1 19.8
2011–12 Memphis 65 65 37.3 .455 .312 .791 6.4 2.3 1.5 .8 19.0
2012–13 Memphis 42 42 36.7 .408 .310 .776 5.9 2.6 1.3 .7 17.2
2012–13 Toronto 33 32 34.7 .425 .336 .856 6.4 2.8 1.7 .7 19.5
2013–14 Toronto 18 18 35.5 .388 .373 .773 7.4 2.2 1.6 1.3 19.4
2013–14 Sacramento 55 55 34.4 .482 .312 .836 5.5 3.1 1.2 .6 20.1
2014–15 Sacramento 68 67 35.4 .455 .359 .858 5.9 3.7 1.0 .6 21.1
2015–16 Sacramento 14 14 32.6 .474 .359 .804 6.9 2.4 1.1 .2 19.5
Career 667 628 35.8 .452 .344 .794 5.9 2.3 1.3 .8 18.5


2012 Memphis 7 7 39.9 .421 .211 .825 6.6 1.4 1.3 .3 19.0
Career 7 7 39.9 .421 .211 .825 6.6 1.4 1.3 .3 19.0

Career highs[edit]

Regular season
Stat High Opponent Date
Points 41 vs. Miami December 13, 2009
Points 41 vs. New Orleans January 21, 2014
Field goals made 16 vs. New Orleans January 21, 2014
Field goals made 16 vs. Orlando March 6, 2015
Field goal attempts 37 vs. Houston November 11, 2013
Free throws made 16 vs. Philadelphia March 12, 2014
Free throw attempts 19 vs. Philadelphia March 12, 2014
Three-point field goals made 5 vs. Phoenix March 8, 2008
Three-point field goals made 5 vs. New Orleans January 14, 2014
Three-point field goal attempts 10 (2) times -
Rebounds 15 vs. Milwaukee November 2, 2013
Offensive rebounds 7 vs. Sacramento February 20, 2009
Defensive rebounds 13 vs. Milwaukee November 24, 2010
Assists 10 vs. Toronto December 2, 2014
Steals 5 (5) times -
Blocked shots 6 vs. Lakers November 30, 2010
Minutes played 52 (2) times -


Gay is a Christian.[25][26]

In 2010, Gay was named an ambassador for the Hoops for St. Jude fundraising program for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and donated $20,000 to the program, which allowed donors to pledge a set amount of dollars for each point scored by Gay and other participating NBA players.[27]

In 2012, Gay was awarded the KIA Community Assist Award for April in recognition of his service to the Memphis community, particularly his ongoing support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. As a result, KIA and the NBA committed to donate $10,000 on Gay’s behalf to the charity of his choice. Gay, who wore number 22 with Memphis, personally donated of $22,222.22 to the hospital.[28]


  1. ^ Paul McMullen (December 11, 2004). "UConn's Gay shooting for stardom". The Baltimore Sun. 
  2. ^ "Rudy Gay ’04 Helps USA beat Turkey 81-64 to win the 2010 FIBA World Championship Crown". Archbishop Spalding High School. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Shea, Michael (April 4, 2004). "Meet PARADE's All-America High School Boys Basketball Team". Parade. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  4. ^ Rudy Gay Recruiting Profile
  5. ^ AAU's bad rap Many of college recruiting problems associated with summer camps not related to AAU ball, Republican-American, August 14, 2005.
  6. ^ UConn's Gay shooting for stardom ; College basketball: Spalding's Rudy Gay is trying to join a long line of talented Baltimore-area players who achieved NCAA success, The Baltimore Sun, p. 1C, December 11, 2004.
  7. ^ a b A Whole New Ballgame That Williams Won't Play, The Washington Post, p. E1 and E9, February 13, 2009.
  8. ^ Hoyas rookie wins battle; Jeff Green gets edge on UConn's Gay, The Washington Times, January 9, 2005.
  10. ^ Exhibition ban would eliminate cheat potential, perception, CBS Sports, November 7, 2003.
  11. ^ "Rudy Gay To Huskies Of Honor". Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  12. ^ "Gay to leave UConn for NBA draft". April 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  13. ^ a b "Rudy Gay NBA Bio". NBA. 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gay helps Grizzlies maul Heat". Associated Press. December 14, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Gay spurns others, re-signs with Griz for $82 million". NBA. July 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Rudy Gay to undergo shoulder surgery". NBA. March 22, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Grizzlies deal Gay to Raptors in three-team trade". January 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Toronto Raptors Media Relations". 
  19. ^ "Kings Acquire Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray from Toronto". December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Sources: Rudy Gay to exercise $19.3 million contract option
  21. ^ Kings Sign Rudy Gay to Contract Extension
  22. ^ Rudy Gay, Kings reach extension
  23. ^ Rudy Gay 2014-15 Game Log
  24. ^ Gay scores 36 points, Kings beat Bucks 129-118
  25. ^ "9 Questions With Rudy Gay". 
  26. ^ "Bigger than the game: Professing Christians play valued roles in Memphis Grizzlies' team spirit". 
  27. ^ Morgan, Marlon W (2010-02-26). "Sports business: Rudy Gay scores 'Hoops for St. Jude'". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  28. ^ Hoopsworld, Basketball News & NBA Rumors W (2010-05-09). "Rudy Gay Wins Community Assist Award". HOOPSWORLD. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 

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