With the addition of Quincy Acy, the Kings’ sideline celebrations have become much more energetic.
When he’s not in games, the bald and bearded second-year forward still can be heard and seen as one of the loudest and demonstrative supporters of his teammates.
So if you hear what sounds like a bark during a game, it’s likely coming from Acy.
“It’s not barking. It’s like I’m saying ‘Ooh,’ ” Acy said. “It’s just like a big-boy thing. It’s almost a bark.”
Acy has added more than sideline theatrics since being acquired with Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray from Toronto on Dec. 9. He’s also given coach Michael Malone a player with toughness and tenacity, something often lacking with the Kings.
“I love the fact every minute he’s on the floor he’s going to give you everything he has,” Malone said. “He plays with a physical mindset, and guys like that are valuable, and I’m happy to have him. I knew he was talented, but ... he’s better than I thought he was.”
Acy has been known as an “energy player,” a polite way of saying he lacks skills but works hard as an undersized power forward. Malone, who worked out Acy before the 2012 draft, said he’s the kind of player coaches like because of his effort.
Acy, who played four seasons at Baylor, was selected in the second round by Toronto.
“The word on him was he’s just an energy player,” Malone said. “That’s doing him a disservice.”
Malone has been impressed with Acy’s midrange jumper and ability to finish around the rim. He’s also adept at “energy player” skills such as rebounding, setting screens and getting physical around the paint.
“He’s a guy who can go out there and execute a game plan,” Malone said. “He sets good screens, he gets his teammates open, and when he’s gotten the ball, he’s been able to finish. He’s got huge hands, and everything he does is with an aggressive, attack-the-basket mentality. And he’s shown the ability to knock down the midrange jump shot as well.”
With the Raptors this season, Acy played in only seven games, averaging just 8.7 minutes. With the Kings, he has played in 17 games, averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.2 minutes and shooting 58.5 percent.
“More minutes on the floor means more opportunities to showcase what I can do,” Acy said. “I am an energy guy, but I do work on my game. I do have a little bit more.”
Even though he’s only 6 foot 7, Acy has backed up the power forward and center positions, so part of his all-out style is because he’s dealing with bigger and stronger players. Acy is shorter than Gay, who at 6-8 starts at small forward.
“In my mind, I’m 6-11, but the truth is I’m only about 6-7 at best,” Acy said. “I’ve just got to work that much harder.”
Acy also has no problem being an irritant and getting in an opponent’s face, using a foul when needed or setting a hard screen.
“We all put on our shoes the same,” Acy said. “If a guy’s taller than me, that means he’s slower. If he’s smaller, that means he’s not as strong. It can always be balanced in the game. So if you see me guarding a bigger guy, I get low. The important thing is to try to get them out of their game.”
Acy said what Malone wants from him isn’t hard to do. That’s good news to Malone, because he’d like all his players to have that attitude.
“Energy, toughness, rebounding, defending, which I enjoy doing, so it’s kind of been an easy transition for me,” Acy said. “It’s just making sure I do it consistently and just get better every time I step on the floor.”