Will Rudy Gay Emerge as a "Healthy" Tracy McGrady Next Season?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJune 15, 2009

When you take a look at Rudy Gay, he reminds any typical NBA fan of a Tracy McGrady-type of player.

He can shoot the ball, attack the basket, slam it down with the best of them, play above average defense, and, of course, knock down the clutch shot in tight situations.

Standing the exact same height and weight of T-Mac, does Rudy Gay really have it in him to become a superstar (minus McGrady's career injuries for a second) and form into a Tracy McGrady-type of athlete?

Before I give my response to the question, let's just say that we all admit that IF, and only IF, T-Mac was able to remain healthy for the majority of his 12-year career thus far, he would certainly be up there with the LeBron James' and Dwyane Wades' as one of the best overall players in the game today.

Since injuries are a part of every sport, you cannot really use it as an excuse for poor, old Knee-mac.

Now, on to Mr. Gay.

When viewing McGrady's career, he really did not emerge as the T-Mac we all know during his first three seasons in the league.

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Teaming up with his cousin Vince Carter, McGrady averaged a career high 15.4 PPG and 6.3 RPG in his third year, but the next season would change whatever anybody knew about the young McGrady.

In T-Mac's fourth season in the NBA, he sky-rocketed for 26.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 4.6 APG, 1.5 SPG, and 1.5 BPG in 77 games played.

After that, Tracy McGrady captured the nick-name T-Mac and literally took lift-off into NBA stardom.

In Gay's first three seasons in the NBA, he had already averaged a career-high 20.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.0 BPG during his sophomore campaign.

Since Gay will be going into his fourth season in the league, I expect him to jump to new heights in regards to the NBA world.

Gay's talent is virtually unlimited, and along with his caliber and leadership, he makes himself stand out as one of the biggest targets in the league to breakout into NBA stardom (just like T-Mac did).

So, to answer the impudent question, it is definite that Rudy Gay has the arsenal to blow up onto the superstar scene and become one of the most dangerous players in the game today.

With a young and upcoming Memphis Grizzlies squad, Gay will gain the experience and realization of what it is like;y to form into an NBA superstar. 

Watch out for Gay next season, for all I know, you will be wearing his No. 22 jersey in no time.