56 GP, 14.0 MPG, 2.7 PPG, .472 FG%, 3.6 RPG, 0.4 AST, 0.3 STL, 0.4 BLK, 0.6 TOV, 2.0 PF
Needs to work on:
- Defending without fouling
- Consistent outside shot
When the Kings traded for Rudy Gay, they also received two big men in return: Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray. While Gray was little more than salary filler, Acy offered potential. At just 23 years old, the little used Acy was in just his second year in the league.
Sporting a splendid beard and a never-quit mentality, Acy quickly became a fan favorite with his ferocious dunks and scrappy defense. His actual on-court contributions were less than spectacular however, and his minutes seemed to dip as the season went along as Jason Thompson and then Reggie Evans took most of the non-Cousins big man minutes.
One surprising thing about Acy was that despite his athleticism and resemblance to Reggie Evans, he had a lot more variety to his game, particularly offensively. The first time he stepped out and hit a jumper, I was surprised, but he's actually quite capable of hitting those shots. Unfortunately, at this stage of his career, he's not particularly effective anywhere but around the rim. His Rim % was 60% for the season according to basketball-reference, while he was just 40.9% from everywhere else.
Acy also wasn't nearly the rebounder or defender that his look-a-like Evans was either. His 19.5% defensive rebound rate, while not bad, wasn't really much better than average for a Power Forward. Defensively, the team was about 3 points per 100 possessions better when he was off the court than on it, although to be fair to Acy, he wasn't exactly paired up with the best defenders when he came in with the rest of the bench. He also fouled at an exceedingly high rate, with 5.2 fouls per 36 minutes.
Acy will be entering the final year of his rookie contract next season, and he'll need to really work on his game this summer if he hopes to stand out and increase his role, especially given the possibility that Carl Landry could come back fully healthy next season. One way he could stand out and provide something different is by really developing that outside shot, and perhaps getting consistent with at least the corner three. If he can add that to his game, he'll increase his value both for the Kings and around the league.
Tomorrow: DeMarcus Cousins