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Buyer's Guide: Rudy Gay (excerpts from ESPN Insider's article) "Someone will pay him," predicted...

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Buyer's Guide: Rudy Gay (excerpts from ESPN Insider's article) "Someone will pay him," predicted one West exec. "...He has legitimate upside. He's still scratching the surface of the player he could be. I have to confess, I'm not terribly certain he'll ever get there." So where is he now? Imagine if Kevin Durant had merely a decent jumper, then mix in LeBron's dynamite finishes in the open court and top it off with the court awareness of a blindfolded Amare Stoudemire. That's Rudy Gay. Once he gets the ball on the perimeter, it's best to crash the boards immediately. According to Hoopdata.com, he's no more than an average shooter from 16 to 23 feet, but he takes about four long 2-pointers per game. Not only that, Synergy Sports Technology informs us that he created offense via passes on only 7 percent of his iso sets, which is just a third of what LeBron James managed this past season. Passing is not, and has never been, on Gay's radar. While he can use his height and hops to rise above his defender, Gay's shooting still needs work. He takes plenty of jumpers, but he doesn't make nearly enough to justify the high volume. He took a step backward beyond the arc this past season, converting just 32.7 percent of his 202 3-pointers after shooting 35.1 percent in 2008-09. The team that gambles on his athleticism would be wise to sharpen that part of his game. One logical destination for Gay would be the Los Angeles Clippers, where he could join forces with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon... With Gay around, the Clippers wouldn't win more games than the Lakers, but their youthful athleticism would win over fans looking for style over substance. And there are plenty of those in Hollywood.

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