The Thunder are 20-13, sitting at the 5th spot in the Western Conference standings. The team has good stat numbers at 4 out of 5 positions in the starting lineup. Since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to go to the Warriors, they never addressed their problem at the small forward position.
Instead, the Thunder went and got Victor Oladipo to add a lethal, athletic, and aggressive backcourt. But it still didn’t cover up the scar. Yes, Russell Westbrook is having an MVP season so far, but this Thunder team is not complete yet. They are still one player away from competing with the great teams this year in the Western Conference, and that player should come from the small forward position. The three spot position for the Thunder is becoming extinct since Kevin Durant departed. Andre Roberson is the Thunder starting small forward, but he is not good enough to help Russell against the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.
This season, the Thunder thought that Roberson could produce some good numbers for the team. But he is only averaging 6.7 PPG, shooting 42.4% and a horrible 28.1% from the 3pt line , small forwards shouldn’t start on your team if his numbers look like that. According to ESPN stat line, Roberson is ranked 39th in ppg out of all active small forwards. The question is how long the Thunder ride this wave, and who’s out there to fit this position? One player who I know can fit this small forward position for the Thunder? Rudy Gay.
Rudy is on a Kings team that’s not looking like a serious playoff contender so far. Also, Gay has informed the Sacramento Kings that he will be exercising his player option to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He has been involved in a lot of trade rumors in the past couple of weeks. In the 2016 NBA draft, Gay expressed his disappointment when the Kings selected two big men, who have the same position as their center, DeMarcus Cousins, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Rudy Gay is definitely a serious upgrade at the small forward position, and the 30-year-old will definitely help the Thunder on the offensive end. Gay can create his own shot and could possibly help the Thunder bench out when Russell Westbrook needs a breather. With Gay coming to the Thunder, he can deepen the team with Andre Roberson on the bench. Rudy Gay last season averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
This season, he’s starting off hot averaging 18.5 PPG shooting 46% and 35% from the 3pt line, with 6.3 rebounds per game, Gay is ranked 10th at his position in PPG this season.
Rudy Gay can definitely be that person to keep fans chattering about Kevin Durant, and with Gay Russell Westbrook stats will look better from the assists department. Rudy Gay will be the answer to their problems and could make this team a lot scarier.