What jersey number will Rudy Gay wear for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017-18 season?
The biggest outside-the-organization signing for the San Antonio Spurs came when they brought in Rudy Gay. He received a two-year, $17.2 million deal that came via the full Mid-Level Exception.
Gay played the 2016-17 season with the Sacramento Kings. In January, while playing a game for the team, he suffered a ruptured Achilles and missed the rest of the year. Through the 30 games Gay played for them, he averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 45 percent shooting from the field.
While on the Kings, Gay wore No. 8 on his jersey. It was different from his time spent with the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors, where he wore No. 22. Isaiah Thomas, now of the Boston Celtics, held this number when the UConn product was traded to the team in the 2013-14 season.
On Wednesday, the Spurs posted a photo shoot of Gay in his new jersey. All the videos and images provided were of him in the No. 22 uniform, so he will go back to his old number.
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Patty Mills, who re-signed to a four-year, $51 million deal, wears No. 8, which likely led to the number change for Gay.
For Gay, he’ll join the Spurs and look to provide the scoring production he put up over the past 11 years in the NBA. It’s an average of 18.4 points per game, with the season average dropping below 17.2 just once, in his rookie year of 2006-07.
The injury risk will be there, too. The NBA has an unfortunate history of players recovering from Achilles ruptures, so Gay’s progress and return from the injury will be something to watch throughout the 2017-18 season.
Will you buy a Rudy Gay, No. 22 jersey for next season? Are you looking forward to his debut at the AT&T Center this fall?