Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 2/2/13
         On January 30th, the Grizzlies shipped kind of-sort of-star forward Rudy Gay, along with Hamed Haddadi, to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jose Calderon and Ed Davis, and later Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye in exchange for Calderon. The immediate reaction to this deal from Philadelphia fans, as expected, was that this was just a terrible thing for the Sixers because the almighty Rudy Gay, who has never been selected to an all-star team, went to the Sixers' Atlantic division foe that isn't really a foe at all. However, this deal was mostly defective for all three teams and won't prove harmful to the Sixers, who's playoff hopes hinge on the return of Andrew Bynum.      Gay, this season, is shooting 40%, has a PER of 14.45 and a True Shooting Percentage of 48%. His PER ranks 26th among small forwards in the NBA, behind players like Earl Clark, Kyle Korver and Chris Copeland. His TS% is 52nd among small forwards, yes 52nd, behind more mediocre players, like Jerry Stackhouse, Keith Bogans, Moe Harkless and Martell Webster. In two other Hollinger-founded statistical sections, EV(Estimated Value) and EWA(Estimated Wins Added), Gay places 17th in both categories among small forwards and 102nd in both categories among all NBA players.      While I'm well aware that advanced statistics don't say everything about a player, if you think that they say nothing at all, you're kindly mistaken.     None of this is to say that Rudy Gay is a bad player, because he absolutely is not. In fact, he has given the Sixers grief on many occasions, including his game winning shot in Philly in his last career game with Memphis this week. But, his shot selection is questionable, his jumper is inconsistent and he's a spotty on-ball defender at best, among many things. He's inneficient, plain and simple.     It's also worth mentioning that the Grizzlies' deepest playoff run in recent memory, in 2011, featured a Memphis team without Rudy Gay, who was sidelined with an injury.     In addition, a factor being forgotten in most analysis of this deal is the remainder of Toronto's roster. They have thoroughly buried their highly touted rookie guard, Terrence Ross, and their overpaid offseason signee, Landry Fields, at the bottom of their rotation with this deal. Also, Andrea Bargnani is still their starting center, which is beneficial to every NBA team that isn't the Raptors.      So, Rudy Gay was a solid addition to the Raptors, and even a good piece to build around with the core of Lowry and Derozan. But, this trade will certainly not thrust Toronto into the playoff picture and will not prove harmful to the Sixers' playoff pursuit. I know how worrysome the thought of the Sixers squandering their cozy, fourth place position in the Atlantic division can be. But, evidently, the addition of an overpaid, underperforming, innefficient forward who marginally missed his first all-star team in his seventh year will not do much for an already harmless Raptors team. That team still has a lot of work to do before they can challenge anyone for a playoff spot. 
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