Geoff Calkins, sports editor of the Commercial Appeal, wrote an article that compares Gay to Battier.
He compared their stat lines:
Throw in Swift:
and consider that Battier had over twice as many minutes as Gay, and it seems like Memphis got the better end of the deal.
Granted, a player's value can't be reduced to his stat line. Chemistry and intangible contributions also make the difference between a win and a loss.
Still, we can make some judgement as the season goes on by comparing their averages. My main question after looking at this stat line echoes a subtle point Calkins makes: Why did Gay play only 17 minutes?