When your team is off to a 6-8 start and you are a traditionally extremely inefficient player, what do you do?
Ban stat sheets from the locker room, of course!
Well, at least that’s what Toronto Raptors‘ forward Rudy Gay has done.
“We’re not playing for stats,” Gay told Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun.
Gay believes that stat sheets, which are usually handed out to the media and coaches just after games are concluded, focus too much on the individual aspect of the game rather than the team.
“I wanted to just nip it in the butt before it became an issue,” he said. “We come in here after losses, after wins and people are staring at those stat sheets, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re a team and the stat that matters is the W.”
On the season, Gay is averaging 19.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Although he does appear to be stuffing the stat sheet, he is shooting only 37.5% from the field, 39.6% from three and 80.6% from the free throw line.