There's actually less competition at PF. There are basically 4-6 guys he's competing with at SF. At PF it's really just Amir, Tyler and Novak. Don't forget Amir will also get some C minutes. There may be some minutes up for grabs more frequently at PF if one of those guys goes down or whenever one or both are in foul trouble. If Casey is going to stress D, Acy's gotta be the one getting those minutes, and Novak would stay in his specialist/situational role. In fact there's less overall competition on the roster than at the start of last year, where Bargs, Ed and Amir were all slotted at PF. And you can throw Kleiza in there too. *Edit: While you can maybe throw Daye in there, or Gay during some small ball, I really don't think the expected options go beyond Tyler, Amir, Novak and Acy. Daye is still paper thin and weak. And it's possible Acy or Novak is on the floor with Gay during small ball, so it's hard to account for what'll happen in that situation.
Toronto Raptors sophomore forward Quincy Acy has been training hard this summer as he hopes to win some court time in what is expected to be a tight rotation. Head Coach Dwane Casey had Acy trying out the small forward position at NBA Summer League and that is where Acy’s efforts remain focused.
“(I am) just training really, trying to take care of my body and prepare for the upcoming season,” Acy said. “(Working on my) jump shot and lateral movement, so I can move my feet to guard threes.”
The classic undersized power forward in college, at 6’7 tall without shoes Acy is a combo-forward in the NBA who will probably need to be able to guard both forward positions in order to carve himself out a long professional career. However, there are more than just subtle differences between the three and the four spots on the court as Acy experienced during his first attempts in Las Vegas this past July.
“You can’t be as physical all the time because it is on the perimeter and you can’t use hands,” Acy explained. “Whereas in the post, it is all arm and leg battles continuously. It is just trying to gauge when and when not to use your physicality.”
Small forward has become a crowded spot on the Raptors this season with the starter Rudy Gay soaking up 36 minutes per night or more and the veteran three-point specialist Steve Novak arriving from the Knicks earlier in the summer expected to be in the rotation. The Raptors have also signed the 6’11 forward Austin Daye and have invited forward Chris Wright to training camp. All of these players can be described as combo-forwards that have already played at the small forward position. Also DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Landry Fields can play small forward if needed.