The Phoenix Suns won Friday’s battle against the Sacramento Kings, but the biggest story of the night was Rudy Gay’s debut with Sacramento. Gay, along with big man Aaron Gray, was acquired just a few days prior in a trade with the Toronto Raptors. The Kings acquired immediate star talent in Gay, while the Raptors decided to clear an enormous amount of cap space in order to start rebuilding. The trade was an aggressive move for general manager Pete D’Alessandro, who is clearly hoping to rejuvenate a team that has lost eight of their last 10 games.
Despite the loss, Gay did not disappoint, displaying his scoring talent throughout the game. He ended the night with 24 points with surprising efficiency, going 8-for-12 shooting and 8-of-9 on free throws. His immediate impact gives hope to the Kings, who are 6-15 on the year.
The lesser-known acquisition, Gray, had a very good game as well. Gray quietly put up seven points and nine rebounds in just 13 minutes, making the Kings look like the immediate winners of the trade. However, it will be interesting to see whether Sacramento can have those two players consistently put up those kinds of efforts going forward. If they can mesh with star center DeMarcus Cousins (15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists), then the Kings have a good chance to turn things around.