Assessing Quincy Acy’s role on the Brooklyn Nets


News broke yesterday that the Brooklyn Nets signed Acy to a veteran’s minimum contract. Acy will now be back in Brooklyn after impressing Sean Marks with his play last season.

It has been quite a summer for Quincy Acy. The journeyman married his fiancé Jessica this past weekend, and on Sunday he learned that he will be resigned by the Brooklyn Nets.

Acy had a career-renaissance of sorts after signing multiple ten day contracts with Brooklyn. The Baylor product shot a blistering 43 percent from the 3-point line during his half-season in Brooklyn. He had been shooting a putrid 14 percent before that in Dallas.

Acy has been on five different teams in his five year career. The big man has never been able to stick with a single team in his up and down career. Depending on his play this next season he could be a long-term fit with the Nets.

The Nets can use a glue guy that never takes a play off. Acy has proven to be just that in his career. Even if his shot hasn’t always been there, Acy has used his motor and athleticism to create second chances for his team and to protect the rim. Acy has made some sensational defensive plays in his career.

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This coming season, Acy has a chance to continue his development under Kenny Atkinson. Sean Marks has valued continuity this offseason, retaining most of his players from last season.

As the depth chart stands right now, Acy figures to be behind Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker at power forward. DeMarre Carroll may also get minutes ahead of Acy in certain small-ball lineups.

Fortunately, Acy has proven himself to be an asset to the rotation. His 3-point shooting is much better than those three, which should open the door to some minutes. If the team decides to bring draft pick Jarrett Allen along slowly, Acy should also benefit from an increase in playing time.

Atkinson loved using Acy as a second unit power forward. Alongside Booker, Acy excelled. With Timofey Mozgov not expected to eat up as many minutes as Brook Lopez did, the team could rely on a committee of players to fill the void. That too should stand to benefit Acy.

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Veteran’s minimum players usually don’t play large roles on a team with playoff hopes. With the Nets lacking their own draft pick, it could feel inclined to make a playoff push. Acy won’t be the impetus behind a Nets run for the eighth seed, but he could provide the team with solid minutes.

The way the team is right now, with teammates all coming together to support each other, it is a nice sight to see Acy back in Brooklyn. As a basketball fit and a culture fit, it only helps to have another guy that’s all in on the cause.