The Toronto Raptors were undoubtedly led by Jonas Valanciunas at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League this year. The big center averaged a double-double and showed he’s ready for a big sophomore season in the Association. He wasn’t the only Raptor showing he was ready to make an impact in his second year in the league, though.
Forward Quincy Acy played extremely well in Summer League for Toronto and showed a ton of improvement in his game. In five games he averaged 14 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks in 27.6 minutes per game. Acy shot 50 percent from the field, as well. He also put his motor on display, lunging after loose balls and staying active on the boards and defensively.
Coming into the league, Acy was expected to be able to rebound well and play solid defense. Though he didn’t see the floor much in his rookie season, he did show his ability to do that. In his 29 games last season he averaged four points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 0.4 steals per game on 56 percent shooting.
The biggest knock on Acy was his limited game on the offensive end of the floor. Though he has solid athleticism and a serviceable game in the paint for a small forward, he didn’t really have much of a mid-range jumper in his arsenal. Last season he took 23 mid-range jump shots, but only nine of them found the bottom of the net.
In Vegas, though, it was clear that Acy had worked on that area of his game. If defenders sagged off on him in the mid-range expecting him to attack the rim, he was able to consistently knock down jumpers, though he was hesitant to take them at times which will get better as he continues to improve his shot.
If Acy can continue to improve on his jump shooting, he could definitely find his way into the rotation for the Raptors at either of the forward positions. If nothing else, though, he could prove to be valuable in a trade in the future, something that can’t be ruled out with Masai Ujiri now running the show in Toronto. Either way, Acy definitely improved his value in Vegas this past week and a half.