Since he entered the league back in 2006, Rudy Gay has always brought incredible consistency to the court as a go-to scoring option.
His game bears a striking resemblance to that of Carmelo Anthony, albeit with a bit more athletic ability.
Gay mainly operated out of the high post. His vertical was so high that he could rise above even the lankiest of defenders and get off a clean look, converting on 44.7 percent of his looks from 10-16 feet for his career.
The former UConn Huskie was also adept at running the two-man game, either popping off mid-range jumpers if the defense backtracked or attacking the rim looking for free-throws. And when it came to throwing one down, Gay was one of the more underrated dunkers in his younger days, with massive tomahawks and powerful posters among his career highlight reel.
He was a solid rebounder for his height, but scoring was really what Rudy did best. Given the lack of star-power he had as teammates, it was often Gay who was tasked with closing out tight games, and with the ability to pull up from anywhere, he proved clutch more often than not.
Gay arrived in Sacramento following an unceremonious tenure with the Toronto Raptors, who shipped him away after just 51 games in parts of two seasons. He’d go on to do pretty much what he’s done his entire career, actually upping his scoring average just a pinch to 19.3 per game in three and a half seasons with the Kings, while providing incredible theatrics along the way.