The Sacramento Kings opened their 2014 summer league on Friday night in disappointing fashion as they were blown out of the water by the San Antonio Spurs. Still, there were a few bright spots for the Kings as rookie Nik Stauskas performed well as did Quincy Acy, whom the team acquired alongside Rudy Gay last season.
Thought to be nothing more than a ‘throw-in’, Acy proved his worth while coming off the Sacramento Kings bench last season and shocked many on Friday night with his new arsenal.
A mildly undersized power forward, Acy made his money off hustle and grit but the former Baylor product came out firing post tip, knocking down multiple jump shots (including a few attempts from beyond the arc). Even more impressive was his form, which looked completely re-worked from last season.
Still, despite the good perimeter play, Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone seemed to prefer his big body in the paint as he told Steven Wilson after the game.
“That’s a blessing and a curse – it’s great he hit those shots early, but when we’re playing with a small lineup we need Quincy to get inside…” said Malone. “He’s been working hard on that part of his game – to see him knock shots down is great, but it was all in that first quarter. We need consistent effort from all our guys for all 40 minutes.”
Quincy Acy figures to get a decent amount of time this season, especially if the Kings do move one of their power forwards as expected. Given that, his additional skills will be of much benefit. Though, he’s still going to be best served going hard in the paint.