The Toronto Raptors are one of the most curious teams in the league heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. They have some talented young players like DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas, but still seem like they are missing something before they can become a playoff team. Their fate for this season, though, seems largely tied to Rudy Gay.
As most people know by now, Gay was traded mid-season to the Raptors from the Memphis Grizzlies. In 33 games with the Raps, Gay averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.8 assists in 34.7 minutes per game. However, he shot only 42.5 percent from the floor and only 33.6 percent from three.
One of the biggest knocks on Gay’s play was his shot-selection. Despite being a long and athletic forward with a solid game around the rim, Gay seemed complacent in terms of his shot-selection, settling for or forcing a lot of jumpers instead of getting to the rim.
To try and improve that, Gay is working with NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon to improve his low-post game, per a video Gay posted to his Instagram account. Nick Borges of ESPN explained the decision to work with “The Dream,” highlighting his need to improve his shot-selection and that Olajuwon will improve Gay’s low-post game.
Here’s the thing, though: Gay working on his low-post game doesn’t really make any sense. Sure, it would be another asset to his game, but it’s not something that he or the Raptors should want to use often at all. When people talk about him scoring at the rim, they are talking about him cutting off of the ball and slashing with the ball in his hands and then finishing around the rim. I’d venture to say there are very few people that watch the NBA that think “Man, Rudy Gay would be great in the low-post.”
Perhaps Gay is working on other things this summer to improve his shot-selection and maybe he will develop a nice post game as a secondary option, but this working with Olajuwon deal, as it stands right now, is just a bit nonsensical.
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