Since being traded to the Sacramento Kings, Rudy Gay has been a shell of his former self. In a good way. He's been everything we hoped he might be. He's fit into the offense, his usage rate hasn't been off the charts, and his shooting has been a revelation.
Tuesday night Rudy Gay went off for 41 points on 25 shots. And only four points came on free throws. That's incredible no matter who you are. So I thought it would be good to run down each of Rudy's made baskets and provide some analysis on how he accomplished such a feat. This is a pretty stats-heavy analysis, so consider yourselves warned.
1. Made 18-footer - Whoa, Rudy. Mid-range jumpers? Let's not get all crazy, buddy.
2. Made 2-footer - That's more of your range, Rudy, more of that please
3. Made 1 of 2 free throws - Well, they are free, shoulda made both
4. Missed 8-foot jumper - What the hell, Rudy? Now I see why Toronto trade you. Ugh.
5. Made layup - AWWW YEAH THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. GO KINGS. IN PETE WE TRUST.
6. Made layup - Picking up where we left off! Heck yes!
7. Made 3 pointer - Oh yes, we have ourselves a small forward, baby.
8. Missed 3 pointer - Oh what the flying hell Rudy, why you gotta push your luck?
9. Made 3 pointer - NEVER HAD A DOUBT. RUDY TREY IN THE BUILDING.
10. Missed 3 pointer - More like Rudy Jerkface Can't Hit A Trey if you ask me
11. Made one of two free throws - Well, one out of two isn't bad.
12. Made jumper - Take those jumpers all day!
13. Made two free throws - Man, how many games have missed free throws cost the Kings over the years?? This is great!
14. Made 3 pointer - THAT'S HOW WE DO IT IN SACRAMENTO. PELICANS WHAT YOU GOT?
15. Made two pointer - RUDY GAY CAN'T MISS
16. Made 3 pointer - MVP! MVP! MVP!
17. Made layup - #NBABallot Rudy Gay
18. Blocked layup - Go around Anthony Davis! Go through him! Dominate him! I don't even care about this block!
19. Made 3 pointer - DO THE JORDAN SHRUG. DO IT, RUDY.
20. Missed layup - Oh here we go Kings gonna blow a lead
21. Made two pointer - RUDY IS HERE TO SAVE THE DAY
22. Missed two pointer - A miss? I don't understand.
23. Made three pointer - WITH GOD AS HIS WITNESS, RUDY GAY WILL NEVER MISS A THREE AGAIN
24. Missed 15 footer - son of a bitch
25. Made layup - Wait, why the hell is Rudy still in this game?
26. Missed 25 footer - Ok, so about that whole "god as his witness thing", that might have been premature
27. Made jumper - BWAWAHAHAHAHA RUDY GAY IS THE BEST
28. Missed jumper - Well, at least he isn't John Salmons
So, as this statistical analysis clearly shows, Rudy Gay had a pretty good frickin' night. That's a scientific term. I learned it from Robby Biegler.