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The Kings made a mistake replacing Quincy Acy with Anthony Tolliver

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This move made no sense.

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The Sacramento Kings signed Anthony Tolliver to a two-year deal worth $16 million dollars, with only $2 million guaranteed in the second year. In a vacuum, this is a good signing. The Kings maintained flexibility  for next season, got a solid locker room presence, and Tolliver can space the floor a bit.

But signing don't happen in a vacuum, and we can't help but look at the contract Quincy Acy just received from the Dallas Mavericks. Acy will be on a two-year contract, with a team option for the second season, and it's a contract for the veteran's minimum.

Add to this that Acy is five years younger, and puts up nearly identical stats to what Tolliver did for the Detroit Pistons last season, and this deal becomes even more confusing.

Let's look at last season's per game number, via Basketball Reference:

Player

Age

G

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P

3PA

3P%

2P

2PA

2P%

eFG%

FT

FTA

FT%

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Quincy Acy

25

59

29

15

2

3.6

0.56

0

0.8

0.39

2

2.8

0.61

0.6

1

1.2

0.74

1.1

2.1

3.2

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.5

2

5.2

Anthony Tolliver

30

72

5

19

2

4.6

0.39

1

3.8

0.36

0

0.8

0.5

0.533

0

0.7

0.62

0.5

2.6

3.2

0.7

0.4

0.2

0.4

1

5.3

Almost no difference. Five points per game, three rebounds. Let's take a look at per minute number.

Player

Age

G

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

3P

3PA

3P%

2P

2PA

2P%

FT

FTA

FT%

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Quincy Acy

25

59

29

876

5

8.8

0.56

1

2

0.39

4

6.8

0.61

2.1

2.8

0.7

2.7

5.1

7.7

1.1

1.2

1

1.1

4.2

13

Anthony Tolliver

30

72

5

1341

3

8.9

0.39

3

7.3

0.36

1

1.6

0.5

0.8

1.3

0.6

1

5.1

6.1

1.4

0.7

0.4

0.8

2.3

10

Per minute, Acy is a better player. He played less minutes, and perhaps there's some garbage time noise in these stats, but they don't stand out as being incorrect based on the eye test.

The one difference I see is that while Acy was actually better from 3, Tolliver took a lot more shots and maintained that effectiveness. Tolliver is expected to bring floor spacing and locker room leadership. It's just difficult to see how those two difference are worth so much more.