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San Antonio Spurs: Celebrating Rudy Gay’s birthday

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on November 25, 2017 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on November 25, 2017 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
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A celebration for San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay, who turns 32 years old Friday.

Rudy Gay completed his first season with the San Antonio Spurs in 2017-18, the first stretch of games since he tore his Achilles with the Sacramento Kings in January 2017. A career-debilitating injury, Gay did not miss time to open the year, until a heel ailment arrived in December and consumed the next two months.

In July, Gay re-signed with San Antonio on a one-year, $10 million contract for 2018-19, so Spurs fans will see what he can do over one season removed from the Achilles rupture.

It’s another year of Gay, but, before that, let’s celebrate his 32nd birthday, which is Friday, Aug. 17. The Spurs celebrated it on Twitter and the wishes followed.

Happy Birthday, @RudyGay! pic.twitter.com/bezb25aZk6

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 17, 2018

Gay entered the NBA as a 20 year old in the 2006-07 season, which started a six and a half-year journey with the Memphis Grizzlies. He broke in as a scorer at small forward, something that never changed over the past 12 years, averaging at least 17 points per game in each season, except his rookie campaign and 2017-18; this was the first time the UConn product took a sixth man role.

In 2018-19, Gay might be in line for another bench position. Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Anderson no longer remain in San Antonio, but if the organization wants to keep some symmetry between last year and this year, could they keep him as the main scorer of the second unit?

The pressure will not be there for Gay to produce, either, with DeMar DeRozan around; he alone can keep the 12-year veteran on the bench and in another 20-25 minutes per game role in 2018-19.

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This will unfold in Gay’s age-32 season, an important one to prove his health after injury woes these past two years. What are his expectations for the fall?

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