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Rudy Gay

Team USA’s non-Olympic basketball squad made their official debut yesterday against France, and while there definitely was some areas that can be improved upon — especially turnovers — overall, it has to be considered a success. 31-point wins have a way of supporting success stories. Leading the way for the Americans was Rudy Gay, who had 19 big points; about 8-10 of which came from thunderous dunks. It was a nice game for Gay, who stepped up in a big way in his role as a reserve player, while players like Kevin Durant and Danny Granger struggled.

In regards to Durant, he missed his first five shots from the field and didn’t get into the scoring column until he threw down back-to-back dunks, erasing the surprising goose egg. Nevertheless, Durant is still expected to take the FIBA Worlds by storm, but it’s good to know if he doesn’t have a his greatest shooting game, players like Gay are ready to step in and provide whatever is needed of them.

As for Gay, he’s apparently the team’s official dunker, and boy, he certainly embraced his role by throwing down a number of impressive dunks against the French. However, Gay’s dunk-a-thon didn’t start out with the highest note when one of his tomahawk attempts was thrown back in his face.

No matter, there are always other chances to make up for any unexpected defensive plays:

While the block was indeed nice, there was no blocking Gay’s second dunk attempt. If anyone would’ve tried, their arms would’ve been dunked through the basket as well. From that point on, it was the Rudy Gay dunk show:

He saved some for the second half, as well:

Rudy Gay: Dunker Supreme. As for the rest of his squad, yes, there are still questions about Team USA’s lack of post-player depth, but then again, Tyson Chandler and Lamar Odom did just fine. Was it enough to stop the Marc Gasols of the world? We’ll see, but I do like their chances. Their combined athleticism is too much to ignore.

Keep in mind, these opponents have to stop players like Durant and Gay as well, and that’s much easier said than done.