While that inaccuracy near the basket is troubling for Acy, it certainly is an aberration. Despite lacking a 3-point shot until two years ago, he managed to carve out an NBA career due to his consistently high motor. He also certainly has some athletic gifts:
Acy may have struggled near the basket last season, but that performance is an aberration and not a trend. He made 75 of his 107 shots in the restricted area for the Kings–an incredible 70.1 percent mark. The year before that, Acy was 69-of-110 from the restricted area (62.7 percent). The year before that? He made 46 of 76 shots (60.5 percent) in the restricted area. Even in his rookie year in Toronto, Acy made 29 of 45 shots in the restricted area–good for 64.4 percent.
Quincy Acy might have struggled near the basket in Brooklyn. While some might want to blame that on his ankle issues, Acy only played 59 games in Sacramento the year before, and was still able to put together the highlight reel above. If he can bounce back to normal near the basket while retaining his newfound 3-point marksmanship, he will be a dangerous role player for years to come.
Future Outlook: An Atkinson Dream
Quincy Acy is a beloved teammate at every stop, no matter how long he stays there. Acy only played six games in Dallas before the Mavericks cut him. However, Acy clearly made an impression during that brief stay. Mark Cuban called the move “horrible,” per the Dallas Star-Telegram. He was clearly upset with having to let Acy go:
“Staff was heartbroken, I was heartbroken. We just didn’t want to give up on any of our youngs and Quincy was just on a one-year deal. Purely a numbers game, and it was brutal.”
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was not as emotionally effusive as Cuban. However, Carlisle’s words may be even more indicative of Acy’s character:
“It was very difficult to let Acy go because he’s a warrior and he’s exactly the kind of guy that we want in our culture. He’s a guy who is a good NBA player and who is still young and who is still getting better.”
Acy somehow managed to one-up even the high praise of Carlisle and Cuban last season. His gesture to his former D-League teammates was one of the more touching moments last season. That incident may have garnered a lot of media attention, but it is simply an extension of Acy’s thoughtfulness and kindness.
However, Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson did not just bring Acy into the fold for his impeccable character. They brought him in for his relentless motor and, now, his vastly improved 3-point shot. Quincy Acy will have plenty of opportunities next season as a potential combo big man with a stretchy game. The Brooklyn Nets will need his skill-set, and Acy has already shown just how much he can shine when given a chance to succeed.