The Sacramento Kings changed their entire roster and their entire franchise's future with the major deal that brought Rudy Gay to Northern California in early December. We called it one of those rare win-win deals that got both the Raptors (who evidently have one of the best records in the East since Dec. 9 when the deal was completed) and the Kings a player they needed to get better.
Sacramento with Rudy Gay got a player capable of creating from the perimeter to complement Demarcus Cousins in the post. Despite that price tag -- a little north of $37 million due to Gay this year and next provided Gay declines his early termination option for next season -- Gay is a talented player who makes defense respect him with his scoring ability (albeit famously inefficient).
Add in the young point guard Isaiah Thomas and there is a chance for some offensive fireworks for the Kings.
And so far that has been their identity.
"It took some time, we got some games and some losses," Rudy Gay said. "But after a while we figured out how to talk to and play with each other and also take care of each other."
The Kings offensive efficiency has jumped from 101.9 before the trade to 107.2 after the trade, through Jan. 14. Even Rudy Gay seems to be playing much better. Since joining the Kings, his scoring average has bumped up to 20.7 points per game 19.4 with Toronto, his field goal percentage jumped from 38.8 percent to 51.7 percent from the floor.no comments