The Utah Jazz notched back-to-back wins after defeating the Toronto Raptors in Salt Lake City, 119-103. Thursday night's matchup saw the debut of veteran swingman Rudy Gay, who contributed heavily to the Jazz's cause.
In 18 minutes of floor time, the 35-year-old registered 20 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Gay shot the ball extremely well, going 7-of-8 from the field with five 3-pointers to boot. His sterling performance did not get past the spider-sense of Donovan Mitchell, who poured his excitement on Twitter.
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 19, 2021
Mitchell couldn't help but go fanboying over Gay—for good reasons. Before the Jazz star shooting guard entered the league, Gay was already regarded as one of the better wing scorers in the NBA. The former University of Connecticut standout was as consistent as they get in terms of racking up points for his teams.
Throughout 15 years as a professional, the Jazz forward never ended a season with a single-digit scoring average. Unfortunately, his numbers haven't translated to as much success from a team standpoint. One can't blame it all on Gay, though.
In Utah, he has a great opportunity to go deep in the postseason. The Jazz held the NBA's best regular-season record in 2020-21, falling short in the playoffs at the hands of the L.A. Clippers. However, Gay makes the Jazz bench more dangerous as another player who can get his own shot alongside Jordan Clarkson.
Their presence allows Utah's offense to continue clicking even when Mitchell takes a breather during games. This must be one of the things that make the prolific guard brimming with excitement as he welcomes his new teammate to Utah.