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Old 08-22-2013, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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At the time of the trade, I wrote that there were plenty of smart reasons for the Raptors to acquire Rudy Gay. My support of the move was contingent on the organization tossing Colangelo out the door when the season was over, getting rid of Andrea Bargnani's contract in some way, and bringing in someone smart to reshape the clay on the roster. That's what the Raptors managed to do this summer.

They shifted Colangelo to team president before he eventually stepped down. Toronto brought in Masai Ujiri, the 2013 Executive of the Year in the NBA to run the organization. They shipped Bargnani to the New York Knicks for Steve Novak ($10.9 million over three years), Marcus Camby (bought out and only counts toward the cap for $646,000 in 2014-15), and Quentin Richardson (deal not guaranteed past this season). They also received a future first round pick and two second round picks.

And this is where the rebuild gets interesting.

The Raptors were much better with Gay on the roster last season than before they acquired him. Of the players who played at least 1,000 minutes for the Raptors last season, only Amir Johnson had a higher net rating than Gay, and they were the only players on the team (along with Kyle Lowry) to have a positive net rating. Despite Gay's struggles at times on the offensive end of the court, the team was 4.4 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor. The defense improved by 6.9 points per 100 possessions.

After the trade, the Raptors went 18-18 in their last 36 games to look like a real live playoff capable team. The Raptors didn't just play better once they acquired their new small forward; Rudy Gay also played much better by increasing his shooting percentage by 1.7 percent, his 3-point percentage by 2.6 percent, his free throw percentage by 8.0 percent, his scoring average by 2.3 points, and his PER by 3.5.

These weren't monster improvements, but it showed a little bit of a new life within Rudy Gay and his effect on a basketball court.
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Rudy is by far our best player atm, really hope he will come in much improved.
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I was ready to throw him under the bus when he was far and above the greater cause of the loss to the Lakers in LA, which would have been wonderful. The crazy Aaron Gray hedge on Kobe sucked, but it never should have come close to being significant.

It wasn't easy, but I did get over that loss, and his brutal performance in it. Like everything else though, he's going to have to get results from the get go, or the questions of whether he stays or goes will start up in a hurry.
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