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 to switch positions?

Scuttlebutt out of the Las Vegas Summer League has the Toronto Raptors giving serious consideration to asking Quincy Acy to change positions. Coach Dwane Casey thinks Quincy has the athleticism to guard the opponent’s “power-3″, a term invented to describe thick-bodied, offensive-minded uber-small forwards like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. While the notion is intriguing, the ripple effects throughout the Raps’ lineup of this inchoate move warrant consideration.

Quincy Acy was a pleasant surprise to many Raps fans last season. As a rookie, he displayed energy and desire, and more athleticism than might have been expected from a man who’s built like an NFL nose tackle. I’m certainly in favour of tossing more assignments in his direction, and seeing how he handles them. We don’t know his ceiling yet. He was drafted as an undersized power forward, and banged effectively when Amir Johnson needed a rest. If Quincy is moving to a defensive role on the perimeter next season, where does that leave Landry Fields? He’s pushed even further down the depth chart, if that’s possible, to third option at both shooting guard (behind DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross) and small forward (Rudy Gay and Quincy). That makes Landry another overpriced holdover from the Colangelo era. More importantly, what impact is there on Rudy’s minutes by this move? Does Quincy start when we’re playing the Heat? After all, LeBron plays insane minutes (41.8 PG, #4 in NBA)…is Quincy expected to guard him half of that time? That’s 20 minutes out of 48 Rudy is not in the 3 position, which will damage our offense.

Apr 6, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Landry Fields (2) holds back guard DeMar DeRozan (10) following a technical foul call during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee won 100-83. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

I could be accused of oversimplification here. I realize players will be on the floor in different combinations, so in my above example, Rudy may move back to the 2 spot for 12-15 minutes, which gives DeMar his needed breather. But can Quincy contribute anything offensively from the perimeter, which has never been his stomping grounds? If not, quality defenses will double-team Rudy, Jonas, or the ball-handler, to our detriment. In other words, Quincy will have to spike both his defense (to cover the All-Stars who play small forward) and his offense (to pose at least a mild scoring threat, and draw his defender to him). That’s a tall order for a second-year man.

I’m not opposed to the idea of Quincy at the 3, and I’m glad that Dwane Casey is thinking imaginatively. However, I’m skeptical as to how practical this idea will turn out to be. I’ll be watching in pre-season with keen interest, and will pass along my observations.

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.





Tags: DeMar DeRozan Dwane Casey Quincy Acy Rudy Gay Toronto Raptors

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    Again Bryan, I will have to disagree with you that BC overpaid Landry Fields. Fields was paid his market value and the contract is just for two more years making him easy to trade if necessary. If he were not injured for much of last season, I’m sure that you would have considered that signing as one of Colangelo’s best.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Slap Dog: I would be thrilled if Fields played well enough this season for me to recant my criticism. Furthermore, if he does, you’ll get a h/t in my post. But the simple fact remains that last season he was handed the starting job on a platter, and couldn’t hold it. I know he was injured, but even after he returned, his play was desultory. Guys who don’t improve after their rookie year worry me.
      As we prepare our player-by-player analysis, to be published as we approach the pre-season, I have no idea what to write about Fields. Who can say what shape his elbow is in?
      Thanks for commenting.

      • Slap Dog Hoops

        Fields played rather well while he was in New York. He just needs a chance, that’s all. With Alan Henderson gone, he will certainly have the opportunity to prove me right. If he does not, well his contract will expire by next season. At worst the Raps can either trade or amnesty him.

        • Newmarket_Brian

          Landry better show some serious improvement in training camp, and in pre-season, or he’ll be stapled to the bench this year.
          I don’t believe he can be amnestied, as that “power” has been used on Kleiza.

          • Slap Dog Hoops

            I thought that was an option an NBA team had for each season. You should give Fields a break. He played injured and I don’t really know what u Toronto fans expect from this guy. IOf you expect thye same 8 to 10ppg and 5 to 7rpg he did in new York, then fine. If you are expecting him to play like an All Star, then your perception are pretty skewered to say the least.

          • Newmarket_Brian

            As per the excellent http://www.cbafaq.com Amnesty can be used prior to the 2011-12 through 2015-16 seasons, although teams may use the provision only once in total — not once per season.
            And, No, I’m not expecting Landry to play like an All-Star, just a useful rotation player. He’s had his mulligan; it’s time to deliver some value.

    • mountio

      Couldnt disagree more. LF was possibly the most overpaid player in NBA history last year. BC did not pay his market value .. BC paid way more (likely double) his market value in an effort to thwart the Knicks from getting Nash.
      At half his price ticket (cap hit of something like 3 mm), I would still be disappointed with his play (it was historically awful) – but I could certainly understand the signing. Hoewever, not at anywhere near what we signed him for

      • Newmarket_Brian

        Hi Mountio: You are quite correct that BC was trying to thwart the Knicks in their attempt to sign Nash, and Fields was the consolation prize. At the time I was mildly disgruntled with the signing, because I thought it was an overpayment. As it turned out, it was a far worse signing than any of us could have envisioned. “Historically awful” is a pithy way to express it.
        Let’s hope that Landry is healthy, and eager to demonstrate that he’s still a useful NBA player, if not a star in the making.
        Thanks for commenting.

        • Slap Dog Hoops

          Historically awful? That’s going a little to far. After all, its only 6$ million/year for years. That’s nothing in the NBA. It’s certainly enough for a guy of Fields’type–a solid role player capable of producing solidly whether it be starting or coming off the bench.

          Again, I really do not think you Raptors fans really know what it takes to make a good team in the NBA. If you keep on nickel and diming evry contract, they’ll never get any good and Toronto will just remain as it has always been–a sheer novelty team that gets little or no respect from the rest of the league.

  • Greg Hall

    Hello fellow Raptors Rapture compatriot, if Acy plays like he did the last Summer League game with 9-15 shooting and 2-4 from 3 point range he’ll be fine at the SF. If he plays like he did the first two Summer League games I think the plan will be aborted in a hurry, or at least I hope it would be.

  • Pingback: Tower Talk: July 27-28 Weekend Edition - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts