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Ex-Raptors Forward Quincy Acy Gets His Shot With The Knicks

The New York Knicks have collapsed into complete disarray, however, the injuries, poor play and blatant salary dumps haven’t hurt everyone on the team. Former Toronto Raptors 2012 second round draft pick Quincy Acy has been a big beneficiary of the troubles in New York and the 24-year-old forward could be a bright spot in an otherwise lost season.

The Knicks are Acy’s third team in three years and this self-described “energy-guy” hadn’t started a game before arriving in New York, but after 40 games, Acy has already started 21 times and his 22.4 minutes per game is almost double the rate in his first two years.

“This is the most minutes that I have ever played,” Acy said. “So I am still trying to figure out how to maintain (my energy) for long periods of time.”

His 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds is the best of Acy’s brief NBA career and the jump shot that he has been giving glimpses of since he was drafted is improving. This year Acy is taking a three-point shot every other game on average and hitting 44.4 percent of them. His skills are starting to catch up with his effort.

With all the changes in New York, it hasn’t been easy for Acy or anyone else on this team and Acy is still learning what he is supposed to be doing out there on the court in Head Coach Derek Fisher’s system.

“You can see how (Fisher) had a lot of success by the way he approaches his coaching,” Acy said. “Just being a professional about everything that we do.

“Nothing changes for me, I’m not a guy that needs the ball to be effective. I just try to give (the ball) to (Carmelo Anthony) in spots that he likes. I am still learning how he likes to play. I am just trying to get in position to gets rebounds in this offense because I am just out there trying to figure out where I am supposed to be and then I got to go rebound. It’ll come with time.”

The Knicks have taken a turn for the worse in January, as hard as that is to imagine, but events have given Acy an even greater opportunity to show what he can do. In his last 6 games, Acy has averaged 11.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in 27.8 minutes and that is far higher than his per minute averages would suggest is likely. He has also taken 12 three-pointers and hit on 41.7 percent of them. It’s important to look for bright spots when your team is 5-35.

For Acy, this is his shot, a tryout for next season when the Knicks hope to be fielding a more competitive team and need to know who can play in a system built around Anthony. Being in a lot of the early loses the Knicks have piled up helps to provide a better test for the players President Phil Jackson is watching game-to-game.

“We are in every game that we play in pretty much, so I just try to keep my energy level high,” Acy said. “With the exception of the losing, it’s just fun (to have a) new opportunity and I am still playing the game. I am just trying to figure out how to stick, so I never get satisfied.”

The Knicks need players beside Anthony that don’t need the ball and want to go rebound for their $125 million man. Maybe Acy can show enough this season to become one them going forward.  On a personal note, it couldn’t happen to a nicer young man.



Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.




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Former Raptors Forward Quincy Acy Traded To Knicks

The Toronto Raptors drafted forward Quincy Acy 37th overall in 2012 and traded him to the Sacramento Kings last season along with Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray in the deal that brought Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons to Toronto.

The Kings, making significant changes again this summer, have sent Acy and Travis Outlaw to the New York Knicks for Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Tyler and a second round draft pick as was re-tweeted by Acy.


  USA TODAY Sports Sam Amik says the Knick are guaranteeing Quincy’s contract for next season.  


Quincy has averaged 3.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 12.9 minutes in 92 games over 2 NBA seasons.

“No matter how old I get, no matter where I go, my skill is going to be energy,” Acy told Pro Bball Report. “I can add other things to my game, but my main skill is always going to be energy.”

Acy was a fan favorite in Toronto because of his work ethic and energy on the court and those attributes made him a popular player in Sacramento as well. Energy guys that can defend and score are always in short supply. The Knicks should be able to find a spot for him in their rotation.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.




Kings Quincy Acy: From Energy Guy To Offensive Threat

In Toronto, forward Quincy Acy was a victim of the numbers game.  The Raptors didn’t have enough minutes to go around for all the young up-and-coming players they had, but since the trade to Sacramento, Acy has become part of the Kings rotation and the self-described energy guy has a chance to become an offensive threat as well.

“No matter how old I get, no matter where I go, my skill is going to be energy,” Acy said.  “I can add other things to my game, but my main skill is always going to be energy.”

Head Coach Michael Malone was surprised by what Acy could do besides actively defend and run the floor.  Malone thought he was getting an energy guy, Acy’s offensive skills have been something of a well kept secret.

“The one thing that surprised me about Quincy was, I didn’t realize that he was as capable of an offensive player as he is,” Malone said.  “Does that mean that we run plays for him, no by no means, but he makes some plays on the floor that I wasn’t aware of that he could make.”

Acy has good hands and jump shot, it’s just that isn’t what got him drafted, however, those skills may be what keep him in the league after his rookie deal, so it’s important he continues to develop them.

“I am on the court for more minutes (now),” Acy said.  “So I get a chance every now and then to shoot a jump shot and stuff like that.  From the opening (game), (Malone) encouraged me to take (the shot), but obviously not to force anything.”

“If you remember when we first got (Acy), he shot a couple (of threes) and I had to kind of talk (to him), listen, calm down, but when you watch him shoot the ball in practice or after practice, he is not a bad shooter with range,” Malone said.  “But is that a shot I want him shooting in the flow of a game, by no means, we are not there yet.  We will see what happens after the summer and a lot more time in the gym, but Quincy is a guy that works extremely hard and has a lot more skills offensively than most people realize.”

“(I am) still working on (the three-point shot),” Acy said.  “It’s a work in progress.  I still shoot it from time to time, but that’s not the strong part of my game.”

It wasn’t easy for Acy to be traded by the team that drafted him, but he’s happy now, getting more court time has made the transition a good one.

“It’s all great,” Acy said.  “Coach Malone is a great dude, a good defensive coach.  He respects hard work.  He knows his stuff and I am around good players, good dudes, so it’s a lot of fun.  It has been an easy transition for me.”

Acy was a fan favorite in Toronto because of his work ethic and energy on the court and those attributes have made him a popular player in Sacramento as well.  If playing time and some hard work this summer help him to develop his offensive game, Acy won’t just be popular, he’ll be valuable as well.  Energy guys that can defend and score are always in short supply.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.


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Quincy Acy: Bringing Life To The Raptors

Quincy Acy 1The Toronto Raptors sophomore Quincy Acy looked to be buried pretty deep on the back end of Head Coach Dwane Casey’s roster at the start of this season, but for the past 5 games, this self described energy guy has been bringing life to games at times when his teammates have needed a lift.  A forward that didn’t have spot in the rotation or even a recognized position on the court has found his ‘raison d’être’ on the Raptors.

“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.”

A 2012 second round draft pick, Acy has only been averaging 11.4 minutes per game off the bench and the 3.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks might not look significant compared to other players, however, on a per 36 minute basis, those stats are near double-double territory with 2 blocks and 2 steals.  Acy has a team high PER of 18.8 and a team best defensive rating of 98 according to Basketball-Reference.com.  The effort has been noticed by his coach and is translating into more minutes for Acy.

“(Recent playing time) says a lot that coach is getting more confidence in me,” Acy said.  “It means I am growing as a player for him to have that confidence in me that he can count on me to be out there for extended periods of time and it is just up to me to give my all when I am out there on the court no matter what.”

“(Acy) is playing hard,” Casey said.  “He is really working hard.  He gives us that toughness and rebounding.  He and Tyler (Hansbrough) both do a great job of giving us grit and grime in the paint and that is what is keeping (Acy) on the floor.”

The young forward is also working on his offensive game and has hit on 40 percent of his 1 three-point attempt per game.  Acy still isn’t comfortable taking jump shots in an actual game, but he is working on it in practice and this should become part of what he can bring to team over time.

“I am getting a little more comfortable (shooting),” Acy said.  “I have put the work in, but right now it is about consciously I don’t want to shoot quick shots because sometimes I hold it, but that comes with experience playing and getting a feel for the game.  I think I will get better at that because I have been working at it.

“I spend countless hours in the gym so now it is just knowing where to be, knowing the right time to take the shot and things like that.”

However, Acy knows the skill that will keep him on the court for now is his energy.

“Energy is my skill,” Acy said.  “No matter who I go against, I am going to bring my all-out energy.  There are a lot of people with different skills in the league and my skill is to bring energy and I can’t let anybody have more energy than me or be better than me at my skill.”

On the Raptors, defense is what will get Coach Casey’s attention and being a recognized as a versatile defender is one of Acy’s goals, however, by the end of this season, Acy just wants to be seen as someone who can help a team win.

“I can be a versatile defender,” Acy said.  “I can help a team win.  (I want) to be known as a guy that will come in and do the things that are necessary to help a team win.  I think it is very valuable to have a winner’s mentality on your team.”

Acy has recently become the most noticeable player the Raptors have brought off the bench to develop this season.  Energy has gotten him on the court and energy will keep him there.  Acy could become one of those very nice ‘finds’ NBA teams unexpectedly pick up in the second round of the draft.

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

Raptors Quincy Acy Trying To Find His Niche

Quincy Acy - webToronto Raptors sophomore forward Quincy Acy is still trying to find his niche in Head Coach Dwane Casey rotation. This summer, Casey was playing with the idea that this high energy player could find a role guarding bigger small forwards, but so far, the 6’8 combo forward is just staying ready for anything.

“Just staying ready, that is the main thing. Just staying ready and looking like I belong when I get out there,” Acy said. “(Instant impact) has always been my place. The high energy, hustle, do all the little things. (I am) just trying to find my niche right now and that is going to be making smart plays, doing things to ignite the fans, ignite the team if we need a lift and that is my focus.”

If you watch the young player on the bench waiting his turn, Acy is staying busy getting ready to play. Even when it seems unlikely he’ll be called upon, Acy is stretching or bouncing to keep warmed up. Last season and during this preseason, Acy has been ready to take advantage of whatever minutes Casey gives him.

“(Coming in off the bench) it is tough as you get a little older and that is why if you see me on the side, I’ll be stretching my calves or doing something to stay loose because I never know when I am going to be called,” Acy said. “It is up to me to stay ready.”

It is obvious that while Acy has been showing some small forward like skills in preseason, he views himself as a power forward and wants to compete in the painted area. One of the stronger guys on the roster, Acy knows he is under-height, but feels like he can play as if he is 6’11. It’s all about using what he has effectively.

“I am pretty much one of the strongest dudes on the team in the weight room,” Acy said. “I am undersized sometimes, so size takes over in certain situations, but physically, I am all right to compete. It is just learn the game, think the game and just be smarter than people. If I am at a disadvantage with my height, I have to use my I. Q.

“Since college, people would always say I was too small to play the post, but why is there a required height to play the position? It is about whatever you can provide and if someone is bigger than you, that means you are quicker than them or if they are faster, you might be stronger. There is always a counter to everything. I don’t really get caught up in the height too much. I think in my mind that I am 6’11. All that matters is the fight in the dog.”

If Acy wants to play for Coach Casey, he knows he’ll earn his minutes at the defensive end of the court and so far in preseason, Acy has looked more comfortable defensively than last season or at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League this past July.

“Over the summer, I hadn’t been working on the defensive schemes, so I might have lost it again, but in training camp, that is all (Casey) has been emphasizing,” Acy said. “It’s brought up memories of what I was supposed to do last year and if I focus on that, I keep getting better and better. We have great players and they challenge you defensively every day with their offense and I think that helps a lot as well.”

The Raptors defense often resembles a zone – even when it’s not, but the emphasis is on keeping your man in front of you and protecting the paint. It is not a defense that tolerates a lot of mistakes or unnecessary gambles and Acy knows Casey hates defensive mistakes.

“Guard your yard is the term,” Acy said. “Keep the person in front of you and you won’t have any problems. Obviously there is help defense and all that, but whenever it is you one-on-one, you are supposed to be able to check your man.

“Don’t make mistakes. (Casey) hates when I reach around, let somebody go by me, he thinks I am a better defender than doing something he considers lazy. It takes pride, hustle and work ethic to keep somebody in front of you the entire time even when you are tired. (Casey) asks that I stick to my defensive principles at all times.”

The Raptors big man rotation is set with Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough expected to get the bulk of the minutes. Aaron Gray is there to guard the paint against the handful of truly big dominate post players, so Acy’s opportunities may be limited at first. It is a long season, however and Toronto doesn’t have a lot of size outside of the expected rotation, so Acy will get his chance to play eventually.

“This is kind of the same situation as last year,” Acy said. “I just have to wait my turn or take my turn and just stay ready. Come in focused every day and continue to get better, continue to work hard and everything will work out for me.”

Acy’s hustle, effort and flashes of skilled play has caught the attention of both his coaches and the fans. The 23-year-old is a slightly under-sized forward, but he is proving, it is the fight in the dog that counts and he can play bigger than his 6’8 height would suggest. When Acy does get his chance during the regular season, he’ll be ready.

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

Raptors Quincy Acy Switching To Small Forward

Quincy Acy 1Toronto Raptors sophomore forward Quincy Acy has been training hard this summer as he hopes to win some court time in what is expected to be a tight rotation.  Head Coach Dwane Casey had Acy trying out the small forward position at NBA Summer League and that is where Acy’s efforts remain focused.

“(I am) just training really, trying to take care of my body and prepare for the upcoming season,” Acy said.  “(Working on my) jump shot and lateral movement, so I can move my feet to guard threes.”

The classic undersized power forward in college, at 6’7 tall without shoes Acy is a combo-forward in the NBA who will probably need to be able to guard both forward positions in order to carve himself out a long professional career.  However, there are more than just subtle differences between the three and the four spots on the court as Acy experienced during his first attempts in Las Vegas this past July.

“You can’t be as physical all the time because it is on the perimeter and you can’t use hands,” Acy explained.  “Whereas in the post, it is all arm and leg battles continuously.  It is just trying to gauge when and when not to use your physicality.”

Small forward has become a crowded spot on the Raptors this season with the starter Rudy Gay soaking up 36 minutes per night or more and the veteran three-point specialist Steve Novak arriving from the Knicks earlier in the summer expected to be in the rotation.  The Raptors have also signed the 6’11 forward Austin Daye and have invited forward Chris Wright to training camp.  All of these players can be described as combo-forwards that have already played at the small forward position.  Also DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Landry Fields can play small forward if needed.

Acy recognizes he has competition for minutes, but this is not anything new and he knows what he needs to do to get his shot.

“This is the same position I was in last year,” Acy said.  “You have to work and wait your turn.  I feel like everybody should get a chance, especially if you work, the coaching staff sees that and they will give you a chance.  It is just doing the right thing and staying patient and staying hungry.”

Acy only played in 29 games last season, but in April, Casey gave the young forward a good look, playing him 20.9 minutes per game over the team’s last 9 regular season games.  Acy averaged 6.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals and played with a lot of energy in April.  It was hard not to notice him on the court.  It will not be a lack of effort that keeps Acy out of the rotation this season.

Stephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre.  A member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, Stephen is the editor and publisher of Pro Bball Report.  You can follow Stephen on twitter @stevesraptors

Raptors Quincy Acy Breaks Out

It isn’t every day, even in Summer League, when a coach rolls out the ball, looks at you and says, ‘tonight, you’re the man!’ The Raptors Quincy Acy had been playing in the very large Summer League shadow of Jonas Valanciunas as the Raptors’ goal in Las Vegas was to let Valanciunas practice against smaller more athletic players than he will usually be guarded by in November. Valanciunas dominated and all Acy had to do was to show some progress for a successful Summer League.

Saturday night was different, however, as the Raptors forced Valanciunas to rest before heading back to Europe and his Lithuanian National team duties. Acy had his chance to shine and he took full advantage of it.

Up until Saturday Acy was doing okay, but nothing special against Summer League competition. Averaging 10.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and grabbing 5.3 boards was acceptable. The 0-7 from three-point land was undoubtedly disappointing to Acy, but the power small forward experiment the Raptors were trying was going to take time to evolve, if it was ever to happen. Acy looked like himself, a guy who is willing to work hard and play with lots of energy, but he often looked more than a little lost in a slightly different role.

No Valanciunas available, no true center in the starting lineup on Saturday and Acy looked more at ease playing a big man role from the tip. He started out shooting well and finished shooting better. If he hadn’t of passed on a few shots, this would have easily been a 30 point night for the Raptors 22-year-old second round pick of last summer.

As things turned out, Acy scored 28 points on 9-15 shooting and nailed 2-4 three point attempts, he even looked comfortable doing it. As NBA TV commentator Sam Mitchell pointed out, 28 points beat Acy’s best game at Baylor by 3. Acy said he could shoot the ball when he was introduced to the media last summer and on Saturday night, he finally showed us he could.

The big man bonus for Acy didn’t stop at the offensive end. Acy played solid defense – for a Summer League game – and ended up a plus 3 for the contest even though the Raptors lost to the Suns 103-98. He also snagged 10 rebounds for his first ever professional league double-double.

A break out performance on Saturday might not be the best sales pitch for Acy as a power small forward, it was however, a clear signal to the Raptors that they shouldn’t forget about the player they took 37th overall in 2012. He might not have a clear cut position, but he might just have what it takes to eventually win himself a spot as a rotation player in the NBA.

Stephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre. A member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, Stephen is the editor and publisher of Pro Bball Report.