Every team needs one. That player with internal fire, aggressive play and who is unafraid to do whatever it takes to win.
Quincy Acy is looking to be that guy.
“Hard word. Grit. Toughness. All of this,” Acy said when asked what he bring to the Mavs organization. “I am just going to bring energy every night and be a spark where I can.”
Acy, a 6’ 7 forward whom the Mavs signed during summer free agency, will get the opportunity to showcase that edge not only to his teammates and opposing players, but also to the hometown fans.
Acy was born in Tyler and attended John Horn High School in Mesquite. He played four years at Baylor University where he was named the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year during his junior season. He was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
During Media Day on Monday, Acy took a moment to speak with Mavsfansforlife.com and share his thoughts on making his hometown team, playing next to Dirk and once again walking the halls of his old high school as an NBA player.
“It’s a dream come true. I grew up watching them,” Acy said about the Mavs. “I have always dreamed of playing for this team and organization and here I am. My family is proud. They are happy that I am closer to home. It’s a blessing.”
Acy, who turns 26 on Thursday, said he grew up “a big fan” of new teammate Dirk Nowitzki, and relishes this opportunity to join him on the court. “He is a legend. I grew up a big fan of his. What he’s done for this team, this city. I have so much respect for him,” he said. “I glad I finally get the chance to play with him.”
Now that’s he back home, returning to his old high school stomping grounds in Mesquite – is a definite yes; when he gets the time. “A lot of people have asked me to come back. It’s ben a whirlwind and I haven’t had a chance to go just yet but I definitely will get back there.”
Acy, who will wear #4 for the Mavs, has played four season in the NBA with the Raptors, Sacramento Kings (twice) and the New York Knicks. He holds career averages of 4.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 15.3 minutes per game in 219 games (51 starts) with Toronto, Sacramento and New York. He averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 14.8 minutes per game in 59 games (29 starts) with the Kings last season. He is expected to compete with Dwight Powell for minutes off the bench and a spot in the rotation.
The Mavs open pre-season action at the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night. The Mavs pre-season home opener is Monday against the Charlotte Hornets.