Positional Breakdown in Review: Small Forward
With three veterans spending time at the small forward spot, Sacramento’s experienced crew proved to be one of the team’s most impactful positions this season. With Rudy Gay sideline for the Kings final 52 games, Arron Afflalo and latecomer Tyreke Evans split time, interchangeably between the two-guard slot and small forward.
Combined, the trio of Gay, Afflalo and Evans averaged 38.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per contest in 2016-17.
In his fourth season in Sacramento, 11-year veteran Rudy Gay continued his consistent play, tallying a near 20-point average for the Kings. In 30 games with Sactown, No. 8 recorded 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, shooting at a 45-percent clip in addition to 37-percent from beyond the arc.
Gay scored 20 or more points in 15 of his 30 contests, including an impressive month of November in which Rudy scored 18.8 points per game, with a 30-point outing marking his season high.
Despite the early promise from the team’s starting forward, Gay’s season was cut short in Mid-January due to a ruptured achilles.
“I vow that I am committed to coming back stronger than ever,” said No. 8 following the injury.