Every NBA team needs an over-sized big man who, when needed, can send a message by hammering an opposing guard into the hardwood. For the Sacramento Kings, that man was Aaron Gray who was acquired as a salary throw-in during the early season Rudy Gay trade.
Gray hasn’t ever been spectacular nor will he ever be, but he’s an adequate seven footer in a league where players of that size come at a premium.
Check below to see Gray’s grade for the 2013-14 season.
Gray wasn’t bad—he just was who we should have expected him to be. He’s tall, and he’s a decent rebounder, but that’s pretty much it in the skills department. With Jason Thompson’s future uncertain, an additional backup Center should be on the shopping list for Pete this summer.
Every team needs an Aaron Gray — a 7-footer who simply provides a physical interior presence and little more. Gray isn’t a guy you seek out, but at the end of the bench, you could certainly do a lot worse. After coming over from Toronto, Gray made his name as a mean screen-setter and lended his big body to the boards and interior defense for Sacramento. His offense was nothing to write home about, but it was adequate enough to justify occasional playing time in certain matchups. Gray was also a positive person in the locker room and was often seen encouraging or coaching his teammates while on the bench. The free-agent-to-be probably isn’t high on the Kings priority list, but if other options fall through, he’d be a solid body to bring in on the cheap.
I actually liked Gray well before he was acquired by the Kings during the Rudy Gay trade as he’s a hard nosed big man who knows his role. Of course, his role is rather small but at least he performs it well. That said, unless the Kings struggle to find another big man in free agency or via the draft, I’m guessing Gray has played his last game with the Kings as he’s an easily replaceable man off the bench.
Gray did what he does well during his stay in Sacramento, but again, he doesn’t do much. Overall, it was an unspectacular though average few months for Gray.