Quincy Acy, the Toronto Raptors second selection in last year’s NCAA draft, received sufficient playing time as an NBA rookie to warrant his own post. Readers might fairly ask why I’d bother with a player who spent considerable time in the Development League, which resulted in only 29 appearances with the big team. That’s easy; Quincy might have been the most pleasant surprise on the squad behind Jonas Valanciunas, and may have a bright future if he continues to develop.
The Reggie-Evans-clone bit has been done to death, so I promise you’ve just read the last reference to it. What is so intriguing about Quincy is how he seems capable of transcending that stereotype, and becoming a well-rounded pro. He quickly became a fan favourite for his hustle and aggressive defense. If he can add a mid-range jump shot to his offensive kitbag, his floor time will increase substantially. There’s reason to hope; I’ve seen much worse shooting form exhibited by fifth-year veterans than Quincy displayed on those rare occasions he launched his J. A recheck of his Baylor University years from Draft Express shows Quincy was building up his capabilities, always a positive sign. His composure on the court inspires confidence. To my eyes, he seldom displayed rookie jitters. On an admittedly tiny sample size of 38 free throws, Quincy made 31, over 81%, so he’s not without touch.
The Raptors have historically received very little value from their second-round draft picks (DeeAndre Hulett, Remon Van De Hare – we hardly knew ya!). Could Quincy buck that trend, and the Banger pigeonhole, and help the Raps for years? I have a slew of “ifs/mays” in this analysis, all of which are warranted. Quincy might not even break camp with the Raps. But on a roster crying out for depth, I believe there’s a place for an undersized yet gritty power forward with a growing skill set. I want to see more of this guy.
Brian Boake is Senior Editor for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.