The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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41) Rudy Gay

Many might be surprised that former NBA forward Rudy Gay never made an All-Star team, despite his production during his peak in the 2010s. Gay spent the first seven seasons of his career and the first three and a half of the decade with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 19.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. While he was viewed as a borderline All-Star by many during his time with the team, advanced stats didn't paint him in a positive light. 

As a result, the Grizzlies traded him for spare parts and built around a core of Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and Mark Gasol. That was a controversial move at the time, though it worked out for both sides, with the Grizzlies advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2013 without Gay, while Gay would go on to have a successful career in Toronto, Sacramento, and San Antonio during the 2010s. 

He managed to reinvent his game by improving as a 3-point shooter and becoming more efficient inside the arc, including by posting up smaller wings, especially after recovering from tearing his ACL. Ultimately, Gay was one of the better wings in the NBA during the 2010s, averaging 17.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 641 games, even though he was largely underrated.