Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that Rudy Gay’s three point shooting has steadily gone down since he entered the NBA, but he’s hopeful that Gay’s eye surgery will result in a bounce-back season.
Gay averaged 19.5 points per game after joining the Toronto Raptors last season but shot just 27 percent from 16-23 feet and 33 percent from down town.
“If you look at his career, it has steadily gone down. He has complained about his eyes, he tried to wear goggles and that didn’t work. He is supposed to be wearing contacts and he didn’t like the contacts, he didn’t like having anything on his eyes. So they elected to do the surgery. I am keeping my fingers crossed. For some players, they get that done and it is like seeing a new rim. Hopefully, the same thing happens with him.” Coach Casey told SportingNews.com
Gay’s perimeter game is even more critical alongside teammate DeMar DeRozan, whose lack in range also worries coach Casey. Toronto’s playoff hopes rest on the shoulders of their two wing players Gay and DeRozan this season and seasons to come in the future.
Both players will earn a bombed $24.7 million next year, which is more than Amir Johnson, Landry Fields, Kyle Lowry, Steven Novak and Jonas Valanciunas. If this team is looking like they are struggling and these players won’t be able to help them reach the playoffs this season or in the future, one of them may be traded before the deadline this season.