Jan 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Raptors forward Quincy Acy (4) during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Bobcats 99-78. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Quincy Acy - In Focus

Second-year man Quincy Acy gets his turn in the spotlight.

This is a player we all can cheer for. Quincy was drafted #37 in 2012 by the Toronto Raptors, and like most second-round selections, wasn’t expected to do much more than play hard for the D-League squad. He did that, and more. Quincy appeared in 29 games for the big team, and acquitted himself exceedingly well. More on that later.

Quincy is from Texas, so it’s no surprise he ended up at Baylor University in Waco, where he played 4 years. While not a collegiate shooting star, he did make several conference All-Star teams, and was noted for his defense. In the NBA, he’s a mite undersized at 6′ 7″ and 225 well-proportioned pounds to play power forward, but the Raps are impressed enough with him to ask him to learn how to play small forward. Is this a good idea, and can he make the transition?

Apr 6, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Quincy Acy (4) drives for the basket as Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy (17) defends during the second quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

To oversimplify, a power forward runs north-south, and a small forward does that and a lot more. A power forward is primarily concerned with going from his basket to the opponent’s and back. A small forward needs greater mobility, as he will be dashing around the perimeter, or being the third man on a fast break. In Quincy’s case, the Raps want to determine if he is mobile enough to defend “Power 3s” like Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. I suspect he is, which means he will be backing up Rudy Gay rather than Amir Johnson. Quincy displayed more offensive skills than just those of a Reggie Evans-like putback guy. His jump shot is technically sound, although I doubt he has range past 18 feet, and would be well advised not to try long jumpers unless there’s a second left on the shot clock.

Returning to last season for a moment; Quincy used the month of April as his extended tryout, and passed with flying colours. In but two games that month did he play fewer than 20 minutes, topping out at 35 in a win over the Chicago Bulls. While he didn’t fill up the score sheet, neither did he take silly shots, get called for dopey fouls, or play out of control. His hustle made him a fan favourite, as did small but telling stats like shooting over 81% from the free throw line.

Let’s not lose our minds here. Quincy was a second-round pick for good reasons. That said, he’s shown flashes of potential that lead me to believe he may be a diamond in the rough. Should he prove capable of making the transition to a defense- and rebounding-oriented small forward, the Raps will have a very valuable contributor off the bench.

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