The Kings recognized forward Quincy Acy’s efforts on and off the court this season by awarding him the Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award before Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena.
“It’s a true honor receiving an award in recognition of an NBA Legend whose efforts on the court and in the community impacted so many lives,” Acy said in a statement. “As my career in the league progresses, I strive to be a strong community leader and positive contribution to my team.”
Acy, in his second stint with the Kings, has been active in several community programs.
Acy produced poems with foster children that were published in Mini Magazine, and he is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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Acy helped distribute more than 4,000 bikes to children during the Kings’ Season of Doing Good and participated in a Kings scrimmage hosted by the Mack Road Partnership and the Sacramento Police Department.
Acy also has worked to end domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the NO MORE Campaign, helped clean Oak Park Sol Community Garden as part of The California Endowment’s Cesar Chavez Day of Service and visited active duty service members at Coronado Naval Base.
Robertson averaged a triple double in the 1961-62 season with 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists for the Cincinnati Royals, who eventually became the Sacramento Kings.
Rest rotation – The Kings’ routine of sitting at least one starter a game to close the season continued Thursday.
Center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Rajon Rondo were held out of the lineup. Kosta Koufos, who had Tuesday off, started in Cousins’ place. Darren Collison, who also rested Tuesday, started for Rondo.
If the Kings stick with their plan to sit Cousins on the road, his last game of the season will be Saturday, when the Kings host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the final game ever at Sleep Train.
Sitting Cousins on Thursday assured he will be eligible to play Saturday. He has 17 technical fouls, and if he got one Thursday, he would have been suspended again.
Cousins was suspended for one game last week for picking up his 16th technical. Every two technicals after the 16th trigger another one-game suspension.
Sitting two key players Thursday also improved the team’s chances of moving up in the NBA draft lottery.
The Kings entered Thursday with the eighth-worst record in the NBA. If they end up outside of the top 10 in the draft following the lottery, the team will owe the pick to Chicago through Cleveland from the 2011 J.J. Hickson trade.
Back to D-League – The Kings assigned forward Duje Dukan to the Reno Bighorns. The undrafted rookie from Wisconsin has not appeared in a game with the Kings this season.