The Toronto Raptors and their fans thought they might have caught magic in a bottle when they traded for Rudy Gay a few weeks before the NBA Trade Deadline. Immediately after the trade, the Raptors reeled-off a winning streak and started to look like a new team with Gay as a part of their team. That quickly dissipated, though.
Gay became the focal-point of the offense for Toronto and really struggled in that role. He had a tendency to take a lot of contested and forced shots which resulted in a low rate of efficiency. He was leading the Raptors in scoring, but not effectively. In the 28 games that Gay has played with Toronto, he is averaging 19.1 points, 2.9 assists and 6.4 rebounds per game, but has shot just 41.4 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three.
Over his last five games, though, Gay has taken on a new place in this offense and it has really improved his offensive game and the offense of the Raptors as a whole. Over this span, Gay has averaged 16.2 points, three assists and 6.2 rebounds per game and has shot 46.4 percent from the field and 40 percent from three.
Gay’s shot attempts have gone down and his efficiency have gone up because he’s no longer forcing the issue on offense. He’s looking to make the smart play and smart pass more often, which has helped him take better shots and has opened up the games of his teammates like Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan.
As Gay is the biggest part of the Raptors’ future right now, he needs to try and mimic how is playing right now in the coming years. When he plays like this, it helps him play better on offense which helps the team play more effectively. It’s good to see that he might be learning that lesson.