Spurs’ Rudy Gay matches LeBron James, Russell Westbrook feat since 2006
San Antonio Spurs small forward Rudy Gay grabbed his 5,000th career rebound on Saturday against the New Orleans, etching his name next to Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook along the way.
Rudy Gay entered the NBA back in 2006 with the Memphis Grizzlies. Since then, only LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Gay have scored at least 15,000 points, grabbed 5,000 rebounds, and registered 1,000 steals — a feat which is not easy to do.
Rudy Gay just reached 5,000 career rebounds.
Only two other players with 15,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 1,000 steals since Gay was drafted in 2006: LeBron James & Russell Westbrook.
— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) January 27, 2019
Anytime you can put your name next to LeBron James and Russell Westbrook — two players who are going to be in the Hall of Fame one day — you are doing something right. Gay is having a great season with the Spurs. The hard work the veteran swingman put into his Achilles rehab is paying off in a big way.
Entering Saturday, Gay was averaging 14.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest for San Antonio. The high-flyer is shooting 52.6 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Gay used to score 20 points in his sleep back when he was the No. 1 option in Memphis. However, as you can see, scoring isn’t the only thing Gay brings to the table. At 6-foot-8, the 32-year-old Gay has the skills to be a great defender and he has proven to be one by stealing the ball more than 1,000 times in his NBA career.