Team: Sacramento Kings, #8
Height/Weight: 6’8″, 230 lbs.
Date of Birth: August 17, 1986
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
College: University of Connecticut
Drafted: 2006 – 1st Round, 8th Overall by Houston Rockets
Rudy Gay is an American basketball player for the Sacramento Kings. Currently in the 11th season of an illustrious NBA career, Gay has recorded an impressive career stat line of 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Gay began playing competitive basketball at the age of 12. Gay’s talent immediately stood out on the AAU courts, as well as during his time at Archbishop Spalding High School. Following his senior season at Archbishop Spalding, Gay was named the Washington Post All-Met Basketball Player of the Year, Baltimore Sun’s Co-Player of the Year, a First-Team Parade All-American and a McDonald’s All-American. Ranked a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Gay committed to play for Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut.
Gay contributed immediately as a freshman at Connecticut, averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and earning unanimous Big East All-Rookie Team honors, as well as being named the co-Big East Conference Rookie of the Year. Gay was also named the National Freshman of the Year by Sporting News. During his sophomore campaign at Connecticut, Gay recorded a team-high 15.2 points per game while leading the Huskies to a 30-3 record, as well as a #1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Following the conclusion of his sophomore season, Gay declared for the 2006 NBA Draft. He was chosen by the Houston Rockets with the eight pick overall, and was subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies weeks later.
Gay’s inaugural season in the NBA was met with season-long success, as he averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while recording 27 minutes per game and starting in 43 contests. Gay was named Rookie of the Month in November, earned a spot on the 2006-07 All-Rookie First-Team and finished third in the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year race. In just his second season with Memphis, Gay set the franchise record for points in a single season with 1,632. Throughout his next four-and-a-half seasons with the team, Gay established himself as one of the NBA’s top small forwards, averaging at least 17 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in each season and leading the Grizzlies to their first playoff appearance since his NBA debut during the 2010-11 season. Gay was traded to the Toronto Raptors midway through the 2012-13 NBA season, and immediately made an offensive impact north of the border. Gay recorded a franchise-best 74 points in his first three games with the team and finished the year as the Raptors leader in points (19.5) and steals (1.7) per game. Gay was once again traded mid-season the following year, this time landing out west with the Sacramento Kings. One month into his tenure in Sacramento, Gay tied his career-high in points, recording 41 in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans. In Gay’s 2014-15 campaign—his first full season with the Kings—Gay tallied a career-high 21.1 points per game.
Off the court, Gay dedicates his time to his many philanthropic endeavors. Throughout his tenure in Memphis, Gay was a longtime Hoops for St. Jude campaign ambassador, donating $22,222.22 in each of his last three seasons to support the program. In April of 2012, Gay was honored as the Kia NBA Cares Community Assist Award. In Sacramento, Gay continues to place a special emphasis on giving back to the community that surrounds him.
Gay signed with Roc Nation Sports in December of 2016.