There aren’t a lot of minutes to be had among the Kings’ big men outside of DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein.
That doesn’t make a lot of playing time for Quincy Acy seem likely.
Still, coach George Karl has already stated his “trust” in the 6-foot-7 forward who is beginning his fourth season.
Acy re-signed with the Kings after spending last season with New York after being traded before the season. He originally came to Sacramento along with Rudy Gay and Aaron Gray from Toronto in a trade in December 2013.
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Acy was traded to the Knicks, who guaranteed his contract for last season. The Kings dealt him because they had a glut of power forwards and would not be inclined to guarantee his deal.
Back in Sacramento, Acy has no qualms about playing time.
“I’m used to fighting for minutes and taking things,” Acy said. “Nothing has ever been handed to me. I didn’t come here expecting to play. I came here with the mindset I’m not going to play and I’m going to have to earn everything I get.”
Playing summer league with the Kings in 2014, Acy was already working on his outside game. As a smaller power forward, Acy knew it would be something that could help extend his career.
Acy shot 30 percent from three-point range. He said he’s been asked to primarily be a rim runner on offense in transition. He’s also looking for chances to show off his outside game.
“They want me to put pressure on the rim by rolling, but they do give me opportunities to showcase the three that I’ve been working on,” Acy said. “I’m just going to stay in the gym and keep working on it.”
New lineup – Karl experimented with a new starting lineup Saturday, going with two point guards in the backcourt.
Rajon Rondo has started every preseason game. Darren Collison, who was the starter last season before an injury ended his season, made his first start.
Karl has said he believes he has two point guards who are capable of being starters.
Caron Butler started at small forward for Rudy Gay, who was given the night off.
Cousins and Cauley-Stein remained in the starting lineup for the third consecutive preseason game.
Back on the court – Forward Omri Casspi returned to action Saturday. He left Thursday’s game against San Antonio with flu-like symptoms.