Bears’ basketball trio moves on to the NBA

Matt Hellman | Photo Editor
Matt Hellman | Photo Editor

Quincy Acy
Toronto Raptors, Round 2 Pick 37

Quincy Acy will have a lot to prove north of the border.
Standing 6-feet 7-inches, he is already an undersized power forward and has some good ball players to beat out for a roster spot.

In the Las Vegas Summer League, Acy played just two games and averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds.
Unfortunately, his main competition, Ed Davis, averaged more than 16 points and 9 rebounds and started each of the five games.

Since Toronto has a good number of established post players, Acy will likely find himself on Toronto’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam.
All NBA hope is not lost for Acy, however. He did sign a multi-year deal with the Raptors.

Acy does have valuable skills: he plays bigger than he is, knows how to rebound and is pretty strong defensively.
At some point, a team that may or may not be the Raptors will have a spot on their 12-man roster for Acy.

Until then, he has to do exactly what he did during his college career: get up every morning, grab his figurative hardhat and lunch pail and go to work.

Quincy Miller
Denver Nuggets Round 2 Pick 38

Quincy Miller originally decided to stay at Baylor for his sophomore season, but after mulling the decision over a little more, he changed his mind and decided to enter the draft.
What first stands out when scouts see Miller is his body.

Miller stands 6-feet 9-inches and has a 7-feet 4-inch wingspan, fitting the mold for an NBA small forward.
The Nuggets, however are relatively deep at the small forward position.

Its current starter is Danilo Gallinari who is young and established and should keep his position in Denver for a long time.
His backup is Wilson Chandler, another young player that can fill a lot of columns in the box score.

Remember, Miller is only 19, and it is very rare that teenagers make it in the NBA.
If he earns a roster spot, he won’t get very much playing time.
If he gets sent to the D-League, he will play for the Iowa Energy.
As soon as Miller builds a little bit of muscle mass, strengthens his defensive game and gets a feel for the speed of professional basketball, his time to get on the NBA floor will come.

Miller is a proven mid-range scorer. His length will come in handy as he learns to defend players in his position. This will be critical because some of the best players in the league are small forwards.

Perry Jones III
Oklahoma City Thunder Round 1 Pick 28

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be a good fit for Perry Jones III.
While he may not receive too much playing time, Jones needed to go to a place that didn’t need him.
The best thing for Jones was to go to a team that can take the time to develop his talents.

The worst thing would have been for him to be thrust into a situation where he would need to play and produce every night. He has to have time to learn the game and develop, and Thunder head coach Scott Brooks will be able to do that over the next few years.
One thing that Oklahoma City will have to keep an eye on is Jones’s knee.

NBA doctors spotted an issue with his meniscus that could be trouble at some point.
This might require surgery down the road and could have been the reason that Jones was passed up by so many teams.
While Perry Jones may not be in the Thunder’s plans for another run at the NBA Championship, he is going to be a key part of the team in the future.

Jones played well in Orlando’s Summer League until he sprained his ankle during his second game. In his first game against the Boston Celtics, Jones finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds in the 73-65 loss. More importantly, he showed a willingness to attack the rim.