Quincy Acy, Power Forward/Center
2016-17: 15.9 MPG, 6.5 PPG, 41.2 FG %, 3 RPG, 41.1 3P %, 0.4 BPG
Who is Quincy Acy?
Quincy Acy had a great summer vacation. Not only did he and his fiance Jessica get married, but while on their honeymoon, they found out that Quincy’s option was picked up and he would be returning for a full season with Kenny Atkinson and company. Emphasizing how large of a summer Acy had, he also caught a 78-inch, 60-pound Sailfish. That 6-foot, 6-inch Sailfish is just a bit shorter than the 6-foot, 7-inch forward. This year, Acy will enter his sixth year in the NBA. After being drafted by Toronto in 2012, Acy quickly found himself as a journeyman playing for the Knicks, Kings, Mavericks and Nets in five seasons.
The Baylor product started the 2016-17 season with the Mavericks but struggled to find consistent playing time, only averaging about eight minutes per game. Eventually, the Mavs opted to send Acy down to their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. The move to the G League found Acy averaging 17 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field in 12 games. Savvy Sean Marks was quick to notice Acy’s hot play and signed him to a pair of 10-day contracts before signing him to a two-year deal. In just 32 games with Brooklyn, Acy was able to notch career-highs in minutes, points per game and three-point percentage. Atkinson’s motion offense based around finding the open man was a perfect fit for the deep shooting big.
What Does He Bring in 2017-18?
With Brook Lopez in Los Angeles now, the Nets’ offense is seemingly lacking a big that can consistently shoot from deep. Despite Atkinson and his staff’s quick development of Lopez’s three-point shot, I am skeptical of the idea that now Mozgov or Zeller will be hoisting up three to four deep balls a game. Rather, this role should fall to Acy who was unconscious shooting the three with Brooklyn last season. In Acy’s first 15 games with the Nets, he nailed 18 of 32 three-point attempts. Acy’s tenure in the NBA has been based on his ability and willingness to make the hustle plays, whether it is diving for loose balls, playing tough defense or sprinting the entire length of the court in order to get back on D. But now with the added scoring threat, Acy may have found himself in the right place at the right time, as there are plenty of minutes and shots up for grabs now that Lopez is no longer officially part of the Nets frontcourt.
This will be a strange year for the Nets frontcourt. After nine years of Lopez, Brooklyn will need all hands on deck to make up for the scoring that the all-time Nets leader brought in on a nightly basis. Although Acy will primarily come off the bench, his three-point shooting gives him an advantage over Trevor Booker or the recently acquired Tyler Zeller. If Brooklyn is serious about being a playoff team, it is going to need different players to step up each night. The Nets do not have the luxury of an All-Star player; rather, team ball is necessary where each player is as important as the next. This kind of system so far has gelled perfectly fine with Acy, and now with the possibility of an expanded role, it should be intriguing to see what the results entail.