Apr 12, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Quincy Acy (4) gets a rebound against the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Chicago 97-88. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Quincy Acy - Stay or Go?

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.

Jan 16, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) commits an offensive foul against Toronto Raptors forward Quincy Acy (4) as center Joakim Noah (13) watches at the Air Canada Centre. The Bulls beat the Raptors 107-105. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Shawn

    I agree with you, I loved the Acy pick in the draft because he screamed the ideal second round player… He won’t be a star but he will be a perfect backup PF for his career.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Shawn: If you knew Acy was going to be good, you’re ahead of me. I didn’t know what to expect. I think he will be able to cover more than PF in future. I wouldn’t be surprised if he played SF against an opponent’s best scorer.
      Thanks for commenting.

  • AM

    I think Acy is a pretty rare player. He doesn’t care about stats and just does what the team needs him to do; be big and bring energy. I love his hustle and think he would be a solid guy to come off the bench.

    Depending on the opponent/lineups, I agree he could be moved to the three for defensive purposes.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi AM: Wouldn’t it be a huge treat if we actually were able to uncover a gem in the second round of the draft? Quincy strikes me as a “no ego” guy, which is in line with your thought about how he doesn’t care about stats.
      Every team needs an Acy; let’s hope the Raps realize that.
      Thanks for commenting.

  • Hoopgirl1st

    Quincy needs to have at least another year with us to see if he continues to develop. I like him and agree with AM and Shawn, Quincy respects his opponent but he isn’t afraid of anyone. QA isn’t likely to be a star but he’s the kind of guy that the fans grow to love: he works hard, is there for the team and not personal glory.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Hoopgirl: Yes, tracking Quincy’s development is going to be interesting. He may stagnate, or he may add skills; let’s hope the latter. You’re right about him being a fan’s kind of guy. Is it possible he could become the face of the franchise?
      Thanks for commenting.

  • Guy

    Unless Acy needs to be thrown in to balance out a potential trade, I think he has to stick around. An end-of-the bench guy right now, but he’d give you some productive minutes when called upon with his energy & hustle. And, as was pointed out, can contribute a bit offensively. With the team’s proximity to tax territory, there’s talk they may only carry 13 players. Acy would allow the team to fill a roster spot for less than a million bucks. I hope he sticks around.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Guy: Fortunately Quincy is already on the books for less than a million next season, as you suggest. I haven’t heard about 13 players; that is interesting. I’ll need to nose around that topic. Can you imagine if Quincy could push Bargnani completely out of the picture by out-hustling him at training camp? It’s not a totally far-fetched notion.
      Thanks for commenting.