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The criticism once aimed -- appropriately -- at LeBron James for not fully utilizing his physical gifts is why Rudy
Gay is considered vastly overpaid at $16.4 million (a deal that goes up to $17.8 million next season and $19.3 million in 2014-15), never has been an All-Star and is considered expendable by the Grizzlies. He's listed at 6'8" and 230 pounds, which is about as outdated as James' 6'8" and 250 pounds. I get why guys want to be listed as smaller than they are -- it makes their lack of game and aggression around the rim a little more acceptable. I've seen Gay standing next to David Lee and Carl Landry and he's every bit of 6'9" as they are and carries at least Lee's 240 pounds and maybe Landry's 248. Athletically, he's comparable to LeBron. So why isn't he a double-double machine, triple-double threat and vaunted defender? Why does he average less than a block a game for his career? The presence of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol doesn't explain it as much as the fact that Gay is not discernibly proficient at anything. He has no post game, he's an inconsistent three-point shooter and I defy you to tell me what his go-to move is. Thinking about how gifted he is and what he's doing with those gifts is depressing, so I'm going to stop. But for those wondering why he would be available or why the entire league isn't falling over itself to acquire him, don't put it merely on the money. This is his seventh year in the league and I don't see what he does appreciably better now than when he came into the league. Pundits love to crush Josh Smith, but he puts out twice the effort that Gay does and has added plenty to his game. And, for the record, I didn't start this note with the intention of killing Gay -- it just came out of me as I thought about who he is compared to what he could be.