Apr 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors small forward Rudy Gay (22) takes a foul shot against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Guest Post: Greg Hall on Rudy Gay

Name: Rudy Gay

Position: Small Forward

’12-’13 Season Grade: C+

Reason for Grade: Too up and down

Season Highlight: Bringing legitimate star power to Toronto

February 6, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey talks to forward Rudy Gay (22) during a break against the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre. Boston defeated Toronto 99-95. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Best Game: Feb. 1 – In Rudy’s first game with the Raptors, he made a huge impact with great help defence and efficient offence (8 of 16 from the field, including 3 of 6 from downtown) for 20 points.

Needs improvement in: Here’s hoping the vision issues that plagued him will diminish now that he has had minor corrective surgery. Rudy must become a more consistent shooter, and tighten up ball handling skills.

In summary: One may argue that most of Gay’s issues this year stem from his vision issues, and I for one know how big a difference that can make being a glasses-wearer myself.  Perhaps Gay may become more of the superstar he has been projected to be if he were able to see the court a little better which would help him cut down on his seemingly careless turnovers (perhaps not seeing the defender or depth perception leading him to believe he had more room for a pass than he does) and likely improve his dropping shooting percentage.

Next season’s outlook: Improvement will hinge upon Gay’s willingness to accept vision gear on the court (he wore prescription goggles in practices but went without them in games). Amare Stoudemire has grappled with the same issue, and has tried a number of alternatives. Maybe Rudy should reach out to Amare for advice.

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