Apr 8, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy (5) prepares to dunk the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Thunder defeated the Kings 107-92. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Over the next few weeks, we here at A Royal Pain are going to take a somewhat in-depth look at the players who finished the season on the Sacramento Kings roster and give them a final grade for the year.
First up? Power forward/center Quincy Acy who spent 56 games with the Kings after being acquired along side Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons in early December.
Below are Acy’s grades:
Given what he has, Acy is my favorite King of the bunch. His energy and tenacious defense are tops amongst his teammates, and hopefully the organization feels the need to keep him around. The Kings don’t have the real PF partner for Cousins yet, but Acy should be the mold they try and follow—just a more skilled version.
It seemed like Quincy would just be a salary filler in the Rudy Gay trade. On the plus side, all reports out of Toronto were that Acy was a fan favorite. And it didn’t take long for Kings fans to find out why. Quincy quickly endeared himself to Sacramento with his all-out hustle and tenacious style of play, reminding fans of former King Michael “The Animal” Smith.
Initially, Acy was able to carve out a role on a team full of power forwards thanks to his strong rebounding and defensive energy. Offensively, Acy showed he is limited but not a complete lost cause. He flashed occasional range on his jumper and finished everything around the rim with ferocity. Acy plays angry — he seemed determined to rip the rim off the backboard every chance he got. He’ll never be a guy you run offense through but if he can improve that midrange shot, he can easily make it in the league.
Acy’s role diminished as the season rolled on, especially after the acquisition of Reggie Evans, who is basically what Acy should strive to be. Quincy might be an average NBA player, but his passion for the game and relentless work ethic would be great to have again next year. The Kings hold a small option on Acy for next season but may choose to let him walk because of the roster makeup. Here’s hoping they make room.
I didn’t have much expectation for Acy when he arrived from Toronto, but his work ethic and grind-it-out play style grew on me. That said, he is what he is and while that’s a serviceable role on some teams, he brings with him a rather limited skill set.
It would have been nice to see Acy get a few more minutes as the season progressed but the addition of Reggie Evans put a damper in that as he struggled to find consistent floor time, seeing his minutes dip by almost six per game come March.
Acy did put up a 1.8 positive win share which is a solid figure for a player off the bench with limited time. Because of that, I’d say his season was marginally better than average, which in his case, is pretty solid.