Rudy Gay

Position: Forward
Height: 6’8” (203 cm)
Weight: 230 lbs. (104 kg)
NBA Team: Memphis Grizzlies
School: University Of Connecticut

USA BASKETBALL NOTES

  • Gold Medals: 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2005 Global Games.
  • Named a finalist for the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Team on Jan. 16, 2012.
  • Member of the 2010 USA World Championship Team that finished 9-0 and won gold, the USA’s first world championship since 1994.
  • Played in all nine World Championship games and averaged 7.0 ppg., 2.0 rpg., 0.9 blocks and 1.0 spg., shot 48.9 percent from the field, and 72.2 percent from the foul line.
  • Scored 17 points and added four rebounds in USA’s victory over Angola; Finished with 16 points in 99-77 win against Slovenia.
  • Member of the 2010 USA Men’s National Team that finished 4-0 in its pre-World Championship tour. Averaged 10.3 ppg. (tied for a team second-best), 2.5 rpg., 1.0 spg., shot 48.5 percent from the field.
  • Started in the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase for the USA Blue Team that fell 114-96 to the USA White squad, recorded a team-high 23 points, added five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in a game high 33 minutes of action.
  • Named a member of the 2010-12 USA Men’s National Team on Feb. 10, 2010.
  • Named a participant of the 2009 USA Men’s National team mini-camp on June 25.
  • Member of the USA White Team in the 2009 USA Basketball Showcase and recorded 27 points (11-12 FGs), four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 27 minutes.
  • Member of the 2005 USA U21 World Championship Team that finished 7-1 and in fifth place. Averaged 10.5 ppg., 5.5 rpg. and 1.5 bpg.

NBA HONORS

  • Finished runner-up to Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu for the 2007-08 NBA Most Improved Player Award .
  • Named recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for March 2010 in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work. The NBA honored Gay in part for the role that he played in the Hoops for St. Jude campaign, which helped raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • Named to the NBA’s All-Rookie first team in 2006-07 and finished third in NBA Rookie of the Year voting behind Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani and Portland’s Brandon Roy, who won the award.
  • Participated in the 2008 Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in 2007 and 2008 as part of NBA All-Star weekend.
  • Scored 22 points (second-highest on the team) and helped lead the Sophomore Team to a victory over the rookies in the 2007 Rookie Challenge held during All-Star Weekend.
  • Named the NBA’s Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for November 2006.

NBA MILESTONES

  • Set a Memphis-era franchise record with a career-high nine-straight games with 20-plus points, dating back to the 2009-10 season finale on April 14, 2010 at Oklahoma City.
  • In the four seasons between 2007-08 thru 2010-11, was one of three NBA players (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade) with at least 5,000 points, 400 steals and 200 blocks.
  • Ranks in the Top 10 in franchise history in points (6,607, 3rd), rebounds (2,092, 6th), scoring average (17.8, 4th), field goals made (2,527, 3rd), field goals attempted (5,534, 3rd), three-point field goals made (394, 4th), three-point field goals attempted (1,118, 3rd), steals (489, 2nd), games started (336, 4th) and games played (372, 6th).
  • Set in 2007-08 a Memphis franchise record for points in a single season (1,632).

NBA NOTES

  • Completed in 2011-12 his sixth NBA season all with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Has played in 437 games, started 401 games in his career and is averaging 17.9 ppg., 5.7 rpg., 1.9 apg., 1.3 spg., while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from 3-point and 77.1 percent from the foul line.
  • Boasts of career highs of 41 points (Miami 12/13/09), 13 rebounds (3 times), 7 assists (Minnesota 2/02/11), 5 steals (4 times) and 6 blocked shots (Los Angeles Lakers 11/30/10).
  • Aided Memphis in 2011-12 to a Western Conference third (tied) best regular season record of 41-25, runner-up finish in the Southwest Division and the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
  • Played and started in all 7 Memphis 2011-12 Playoff games and averaged 19.0 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.4 apg. and 1.3 spg.
  • Started and played in 65 games in 2011-12, averaged 37.3 minutes, 19.0 ppg., a career high 6.4 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.5 spg., shot 45.5 percent from the field, 31.2 percent from 3-point and 79.1 percent from the foul line.
  • Finished 2011-12 ranked 3rd in the NBA in minutes played, 7th in field goals attempted, 8th in field goals made, 17th in points per game, 23rd in steals per game, 31st in free throws made, 34th in free throws attempted, 38th in efficiency ranking, 43rd in blocks per game, 44th in rebounds per game, 49th in field goal percentage.
  • Boasted the highest scoring increase among all qualifying NBA players, up 9.3 ppg. from 2006-07.
  • Led all sophomores in scoring and was the first NBA sophomore to average 20.0 ppg. or more since LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade all did it in 2004-05.
  • Ranked third among NBA rookies in blocks (0.95), fourth in points (10.8) and minutes (27.0), fifth in steals (0.91) and sixth in rebounds (4.5).
  • As a rookie in 2006-07, played in 78 games and recorded 43 starts, averaged 10.8 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 1.3 apg. and 0.9 spg.
  • Selected after sophomore collegiate season by Houston Rockets in first round, No. 8 overall pick of 2006 NBA Draft. Draft rights traded by the Houston Rockets with Stromile Swift to Memphis Grizzlies for Shane Battier (7/12/06).

COLLEGE NOTES

  • Played two seasons at the University of Connecticut and compiled a 53-12 record.
  • Named The Sporting News 2005 Freshman of the Year and to 2005 All-Freshman team.
  • As a sophomore at Connecticut, was named All-American first team by the NABC and was one of four finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award in 2005-06.
  • Named All-American second team by The Associated Press, USBWA and ESPN.com.
  • Earned All-Big East, All-NABC and All-USBWA All-District first team accolades.
  • As a sophomore led the Huskies in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and recorded six double-doubles.
  • Finished his collegiate career with 20 points and six rebounds in a career-best 42 minutes in an NCAA Elite Eight loss to George Mason.
  • Named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous All-Rookie Team selection in 2004-05. Was named Big East Rookie of the Week five times.

PERSONAL NOTES

  • Born August 17, 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Full name is Rudy Carlton Gay.
  • Parents are Rudy Sr. and Rae Gay and has four siblings, one brother, Eric, and three sisters, Brett, Yozmin and Candace.
  • Attended Archbishop Spalding High School (Baltimore, Md.).
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010 WC
9/ 0
22- 45
.489
6- 19
.316
13- 18
.722
26/ 2.9
63/ 7.0
0.8
0.9
9
2010 MNT
4/ 0
16- 33
.485
1- 4
.250
8- 10
.800
10/ 2.5
41/ 10.3
0.8
0.5
4
2010 MNTX
1/ 1
7- 11
.636
3- 4
.775
6- 7
.857
5/ 5.0
23/ 23.0
1.0
2.0
2
2009 MNT
1/ 1
11- 12
.917
3- 4
.775
2- 2
1.000
4/ 4.0
27/ 27.0
2.0
0.0
3.0
2005 U21
8/ 3
37- 76
.487
4- 12
.333
6- 8
.750
44/ 5.5
84/ 10.5
1.0
1.5
1.0
2005 GG
4/ 2
11- 26
.423
2- 6
.333
7- 10
.700
17/ 4.3
31/ 7.8
1.0
0.5
2.0
Totals
27/ 7
104-203
.512
19- 49
.388
42- 55
.764
106/ 3.9
269/ 10.0
0.9
1.0
1.3
  • 2010 WC- 2010 USA World Championship Team (the USA finished 9-0 and won the gold medal and qualified the U.S. men for the 2012 Olympics).
  • 2010 MNT- 2010 USA Basketball National Team (the USA compiled a 4-0 record).
  • 2010 MNTX - 2010 USA Basketball Showcase USA Blue Team (the USA White Team defeated the USA Blue Team 114-96).
  • 2009 MNT- - 2009 USA Basketball Showcase USA White Team (the USA Blue Team defeated USA White Team 100-81).
  • 2005 U21 - 2005 USA Basketball U21 World Championship Team in Mar Del Plata, Argentina (the USA compiled a 7-1 record and finished fifth).
  • 2005 GG - 2005 USA Basketball Global Games Team in Dallas, Texas (the USA compiled a 4-0 record and won the gold medal).
NBA Statistics
2011-12
65/65
485-1067
.455
54- 173
.312
208- 263
.791
417/ 6.4
1232/ 19.0
2.3
0.8
1.5
2010-11
54/54
409- 869
.471
57- 144
.396
194- 241
.805
336/ 6.2
1069/ 19.8
2.8
1.1
1.7
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2009-10
80/ 80
600-1288
.466
66- 202
.327
301- 400
.752
472/ 5.9
1567/ 19.6
1.9
0.8
1.5
2008-09
79/ 78
572-1262
.453
85- 242
.351
264- 344
.767
437/ 5.5
1493/ 18.9
1.7
0.8
1.2
2007-08
81/ 81
625-1355
.461
134- 387
.346
248- 316
.785
499/ 6.2
1632/ 20.1
2.0
1.0
1.4
2006-07
78/ 43
321- 760
.422
52- 143
.364
152- 209
.727
348/ 4.5
846/ 10.8
1.3
0.9
0.9
Totals
437/401
3012-6601
.456
448-1291
.347
1367-1773
.771
2509/ 5.7
7839/ 17.9
1.9
0.9
1.3
 
College Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2005-06
33/ 33
187- 406
.461
28- 88
.318
101- 138
.732
210/ 6.4
503/ 15.2
2.1
1.6
1.8
2004-05
31/ 26
132- 286
.462
28- 60
.467
75- 106
.708
168/ 5.4
367/ 11.8
1.5
1.9
0.8
Totals
64/ 59
319- 692
.461
56-148
.378
176- 244
.721
378/ 5.9
870/ 13.6
1.8
1.7
1.3