Former Raptors forward Quincy Acy was drafted in the second round by Toronto in 2012 and was becoming a popular player on a bad team when he was shipped out of town with Aaron Gray and Rudy Gay in that franchising changing trade with the Sacramento Kings in December 2013. There wasn’t always a lot to cheer for back then for Raptors fans, but a self-professed energy guy who wouldn’t let anyone outwork him like Acy was someone the fans could get behind and Acy is still trying to fill that role today.
“It’s going well,” Acy told Pro Bball Report during the Kings only visit to Toronto this season. “Same things. Just staying prepared. Trying to get the crowd to love me. Playing hard any time I get a chance. It’s the story of my career.
“Every play, every opportunity, every chance I get to provide energy in some way I’m doing it and that’s if I’m on the court or off the court. I am always trying to be in guys ears helping them. Always talking, a man full of energy.”
The Kings traded Acy to the Knicks last year, but when he became available again this past summer the Kings signed him to a new two-year deal at the NBA veteran’s minimum salary. The second season was originally reported as a player option, but subsequent reports suggest the second season isn’t guaranteed.
Acy has been an undersized power forward at 6’7, but he was showing signs of developing a three-point shot to go with all the energy and effort inside. As a stretch four or power small forward, Acy’s utility in a league gearing towards small ball at every opportunity would be greatly increased.
With the Knicks, Acy played in 68 games and shot 18-60 from three-point range, both career highs. He also maintained his solid defensive rebounding rate of 20.5 percent while averaging the most minutes of his career (18.9), so the energy was still there.
Acy has been in and out of the Kings lineup this season, playing in just 29 games with 7 starts, but when he’s gotten a chance, he has been productive.
In three games between January 5-9, Acy averaged 13 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in 21 minutes while shooting 88.2 percent from the field. Then in a four game span from January 26 to February 1, he averaged 4.3 points, 6.5 rebounds in 16 minutes on 47.1 percent shooting.
“I am still a young dude, still learning every day,” Acy insists.
This year Acy has hit on just 5-11 three-point attempts as his opportunities to play have greatly decreased from his time with New York, but his game hasn’t changed and at just 25-years-old, it should continue to improve – if given the opportunity. Acy still can’t wait to get up in the morning and head to the gym.
“It’s still fun,” Acy said. “I still wake up early and still try to be the first person in the gym. When you’re not having fun with it, you’re done with it. I definitely have a passion for this game. I love it and I always want to be around it.”
Acy’s love for the game showed while he was in Toronto and that’s why the fans loved him back. He is a guy worth watching because you know the effort and the energy will always be there.
“My game is high energy,” Acy said. “It is not just based on that I am an offensive rebounder or a defender, I can do anything to provide a spark. That is my main thing, just to put some life into the team whenever I can, whenever they need it.”