The selection of Quincy Acy as the Raps’ second round (#37) pick, was almost as much of a surprise as grabbing Terrence Ross was. Quincy, who spent 4 years as a Baylor Bear, was dismissed quickly as little more than a Reggie Evans clone. However, let’s delve a little deeper to see if this guy is more than the second coming of the limited yet lovable hustler that is Reggie. Here’s what I’ve been able to uncover from various sources: Quincy has vastly improved his skills repertoire since he first arrived in college. He was nothing more than a banger/crammer as a freshman, but now has a jump shot which he uses frequently after corralling an offensive board. He cannot create off the dribble, so he’s not going to be a threat to our wing players any time soon, if ever. Quincy has a huge wingspan, which allows him to play bigger than his relatively modest height of 6’8″. Consequently we can expect some blocked shots, even against taller players. His non-stop motor will keep him on the floor, although his contribution to the stats line may be minimal.
Quincy lacks the sexiness of a spectacular freshman lottery pick, and he’s certainly not someone with a full kitbag of pro-ball tools. The lack of any ability to take his man in isolation limits Coach Casey’s options. All that granted, I think he can help the team, and here’s how: by accepting his role as an offensive rebounder and hustler, and by being ready to contribute on short notice. Quincy is an intangibles guy; his underrated team went to the NCAA elite eight 2 of the past 3 years, and he got much credit for his leadership. Could he be the “glue guy” we haven’t had since Garbajosa went down? Is he James Johnson without the excess baggage?
We’re wading into the murky waters of team chemistry at this point, but that’s OK. This game is played by human beings, not computer images. Quincy Acy will need to carve out some floor time by his efforts, as I don’t believe players accept leadership from a bench-warmer. If he gets his chance, and uses it well, he could be more than the Designated Cheerleader. To use our continuum I introduced to you in the Terrence Ross profile: Quincy doesn’t project as a Star ever, and it’s far-fetched to see him as a Starter. To make the rotation, and get more than 12 MPG, means shoving aside Davis, Johnson, & Gray from the second unit. While I’m pulling for the guy, I can’t see that happening. That leaves a BoB (back of bench) role, or the D-League. I think he’ll show enough to push Dominic McGuire onto the buses, so it says here he’ll stick with the big club out of camp, and be a BoB.
Key stat to watch-RPG: Quincy’s role model has to be Dennis Rodman, not Andrea Bargnani. There’s no other part of the game in which hustle and anticipation pay off like rebounding, & he’ll have to study it like he’s trying to enter Harvard Law.
He stays on the floor if: He defends better than he showed in college. Every report I read indicated issues with his D, and Coach Casey won’t give him any runway if he can’t box out, stay on his feet, challenge every shot, grab boards he shouldn’t because of superior positioning, etc.
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