9. Rudy Gay – We chilled with nearly half of the Grizzlies roster at various points during the Lockout, and they all echo the same thing: no lockout, no
extended break is going to kill our momentum or devour our chemistry. This isn’t the Clippers of 2006. They’re not a one-hit wonder. All the more reason for Gay to get healthy from his screwed-up shoulder, rediscover his confidence and game and then come back next season to prove the critics wrong. Did we mention he also signed a mammoth $82 million extension just a year before the lockout (and subsequently smaller salaries) hit?