Rudy Gay has never been one to put up three pointers at a high rate.
That’s going to change this season.
Gay isn’t simply encouraged to take three pointers, it’s expected of him. I asked Gay after Wednesday’s preseason game at Phoenix if he could see himself attempting seven threes in a game regularly, as he did against the Suns.
“I can now,” Gay said. “I’m in the George Karl system now. I’m going to spread the floor and do what I can.”
Gay made six of those three pointers in Phoenix. For his career, Gay is a 34.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc. He’s averaged three attempts from three-point range for his career.
Gay’s career-high for attempted threes is 10, twice. The last time Gay did that was March 22, 2008. His career high for made threes is five, twice. He last pulled that off Jan. 21, 2014.
Gay said there is no hesitation in putting up threes this season. So another game with a lot of attempts shouldn’t be a surprise.
“It’s just being in the flow of the offense,” Gay said. “As long as I’m not getting out the game, as long as I’m in the flow I don’t mind taking them.”