Each month, TexLegends.com will take you inside the Legends and Dallas Mavericks organization and showcase a Rising Star. Thanks to BBVA Compass, each piece will showcase a player or front office member who is rising in the ranks and taking the next step to get to the NBA.
The 2016-2017 NBA season is roughly five weeks old. The 2016-2017 NBA D-League season checks in slightly younger, coming up on the month mark. Not a lot of time has passed, but it’s been a crazy month for Quincy Acy.
Acy began the season with the Dallas Mavericks and on Monday the Texas Legends, traded their top pick in the 2017 D-League Draft to move up to the front of the waiver wire and acquire the 6-7, 240 pound forward.
The Tyler, Texas native went to high school in Mesquite at Mesquite Horn and proceeded to play his college ball at Baylor University. To say he’s local would be a drastic understatement. Acy, who previously played with the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks, grew up a fan of the team he now plays for.
“Oh yeah. I grew up in Mesquite right down the street,” indicates Acy. “I grew up a Mavs fan my whole life. It was a dream come true just to be part of the organization.”
“Everybody’s out here, my entire family.”
The Mavericks went to great lengths to make sure Acy stayed in-house, something not lost on the versatile forward who plays both ends of the floor with reckless abandon.
“It means a lot,” says Acy. “I understand the way the business works, things don’t always work out. I just keep my faith, keep working. Wherever I’m supposed to be I end up. It means a lot that the organization likes me.”
Acy appeared in six games for the Mavs this season and has 225 games –as well as 51 starts– under his belt in his four plus years in the Association. Through and through, he’s a coveted role player, and knowing your role is a unique attribute in today’s sports world. Acy has no problem with that.
“I just know who I am,” Acy says. “I go out there and I do what I do and do it to the best of my ability. I’m not out there trying to do too much, I stick to the key principles and I embrace it.”
Coaches fall in love with players who embrace their roles, which is why Acy has carved out a role in the world’s premiere basketball league. “There’s positions out there for guys like me. You know, it’s only there for those who want to do the dirty work.”
“Everybody can’t be a superstar so you gotta be a superstar in your own right. So that’s my inspiration.”
Per 36 minutes, Acy averaged 12.2 points, 8.1 rebounds (3.2 offensive), 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 assists in his rookie year with the Toronto Raptors back in 2012-2013. He instantly earned an NBA-wide reputation as a nitty gritty, all-around player.
Traded in the Rudy Gay deal, he continued to stuff the stat sheet as a member of the Sacramento Kings. He would do the same upon being acquired by the Knicks and then, just like the Mavericks have done, the Kings wanted him back.
Born and raised deep in the heart of Texas, Acy fondly remembers being drafted in 2012, surrounded by friends, family, teammates and coaches alike
“I got the call the night before from my agent asking if I wanted to go up to New York,” Acy recalls. “They booked the tickets the day before the draft. I took my family: my mom, my dad, my son, my best friend, everybody came up with me. We were all up there, it was a busy day, we were late to the draft actually. New York traffic!” he laughs.
“But it was a dream come true to share that moment with my family. My coach was there, other guys I went to school with at Baylor. Perry Jones, Quincy Miller, it was just a dream come true. A family atmosphere, it was perfect.”
Acy signed a 2-year, $2.23 million dollar contract with the Mavericks back in July. As a junior at Baylor, Quincy was named the Big 12 6th Man of the Year and All Big-12 honorable mention.
For his senior season in 2011-12, he was named Second-Team All-Big 12 and earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors.
His stay in the D-League may be short, but Acy is taking the process for just what it is: a process. He has played in the D-League before, in 2012 and 2013 in two separate stints, the first a week long and the second a three week stay. He knows what the D-League is about.
“I think it’ll help me a lot,” he says on the prior experience. “I know what to look for, I’ve been down this road before. I’m here with high spirits and looking at the opportunity to help this team win. I’m just ready to get it done.”
Acy has worked hard for everything he’s earned, and he’s earned what most can only dream of.
“Guys are up here trying to make it to the NBA. It’s supposed to be this way."