The Toronto Raptors, even after the trade that sent them Rudy Gay, never really had a shot at making the NBA Playoffs. Put plainly: they aren’t that good of a professional basketball team. They don’t play consistent defense, have an inefficient offense and are still trying to figure out how to work well together and who fits the best into their rotations.
The good thing for the Raptors is that they are improving and most of their biggest issues aren’t terribly difficult to fix. They also have a plethora of young talent with guys like DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas that are solid now and still growing. Another young player with potential that is talked about less than those two, though, is rookie Quincy Acy.
Acy hasn’t gotten much of an opportunity this season as a whole, appearing in just 27 games and averaging only 10.9 minutes per game of time on the floor. In that extremely limited role he has averaged four points and 2.4 rebounds per game on 57.6 percent shooting. It’s been hard to judge how effective of a player he is with how limited of a role he’s played, though.
However, with their playoff chances done, the Raptors have been playing their young guys more, meaning more opportunities for Acy. He has played in all seven games Toronto has played in April and has seen his role increase to where he’s playing 20.1 minutes per game. In that time he has averaged 6.7 minutes and four rebounds per game while averaging 58.6 percent from the field. Those averages are solid and show a ton of potential.
Possibly the most impressive part about Acy, though is how he has affected when he’s been on the floor. In the seven games in April, Acy has the second lowest defensive rating and the second highest offensive rating on the Raptors over that time. He comes onto the floor, plays wisely and gives the team a ton of energy and life.
Acy doesn’t have the size or skills to be a superstar or anything. However, as he gains more experience in the NBA, it seems like he could definitely be a lesser version of a player like Kenneth Faried that thrives off his athleticism and power and doesn’t make many mistakes. Though he still has a lot to prove, Acy seems to be showing that he deserves a consistent role off the bench for the Raptors.