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A miniature uproar occurred when the Memphis Grizzlies dealt Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors for what appeared to be pennies on the dollar, but as we saw, things went just fine for the Grizzlies following Gay's departure.
In fact, after the All-Star break (the deal was made in late January), the Grizzlies were 2.9 points better per 100 possessions than they were prior with Gay, according to NBA.com's stats database. That alone should tell you a bit about Gay's perceived and actual values.
And like so many other qualifiers on the overrated list, Gay struggles due to a lack of efficiency, particularly in the jump-shooting department. With a career PER (16.1) that sits just above average, it's clear that Gay isn't maximizing his touches on the offensive end.
Last season, Gay shot a career-worst 41.6 percent from the field and posted the second-lowest three point percentage of his career (32.3). With a 6'9'', 220-pound frame at his disposal, Gay would be wise to take notes from Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James and go to work in the post.
Instead of relying on shots between 16 and 23 feet—he attempted 4.1 per game with Toronto last season and hit on 27 percent of them, per HoopData—Gay should use his size and length to implement turnarounds and jumpers down on the blocks into his repertoire.
As a point of reference, Gay hit on 46.7 percent of his attempts between three and nine feet with the Raptors last season, according to HoopData, which was 6.9 percentage points better than the league average.