Rudy Gay Turning Toronto Raptors Into Possible Playoff Team

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When the Toronto Raptors traded for Rudy Gay, I really thought that it was some sort of salary dump by the Memphis Grizzlies. Well, Gay has come to Toronto and is averaging over 20 points a game for his new team and the team is now only six games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 24 games to go. There was no thought of that happening before Gay got there. Toronto may be 23-35 right now, but if Gay can get the team back on the winning track, anything becomes possible this season.

Toronto has lost three of its last five games and while Gay has shot poorly during those games, the other members of the Raptors have to see the opportunity in front of them right now with Gay on the roster. This team is actually capable of winning and especially with the fact that the Raptors have six players right now averaging in double figures and another two knocking on the door of 10 points a game.

Gay has brought a new and different swagger to Toronto and it seems to be rubbing off on players like DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani. Gay is probably going to be in Toronto for the next three years at least because I don’t see the team trading him away. If this team doesn’t make the playoffs this year, there is promise ahead for next season, though, that may not have been there since Chris Bosh left town. Toronto just may be embarking on a new journey that could include making the playoffs again with Gay on board.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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