The 10-day contract is a great way for finding diamonds in the rough. Emanuel Terry is a great prospect for the Phoenix Suns to try out.
Quincy Acy‘s second 10-day contract is expiring and the Phoenix Suns have the option to either sign him for the rest of the season or let him go.
Through 10 games in a Suns uniform, Acy made 4 of 18 shots (22.2%) and 2 of 15 three-pointers (13.3%) while averaging 1.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in 12.3 minutes per game.
I like Acy. His hustle, energy and good sportsmanship are contagious. However, those kind of numbers don’t get you upgraded from a 10-day to a regular contract. He is being waived.
In his place, Phoenix is signing Emanuel Terry to a 10-day contract.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from Lincoln Memorial is a great prospect to use a 10-day contract on. The contract is essentially a job tryout and it’s at worst a feel good story for Terry and at best a chance to find a home, at least for the rest of this season.
With the recent injuries to T.J. Warren, Deandre Ayton, Richaun Holmes and now the waiving of Acy, Terry will have a chance to get some decent run and prove he belongs. If not for the Suns, then other teams will also be able to watch his trial and see if he’s right for them.
He stayed at Lincoln Memorial all four years and his game improved each season.
He finished his college career with an impressive 70.4% field goal percentage and averaged 1.9 blocks per game through 120 games. His minutes, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive, defensive and total rebounds averages all climbed each season.
Perhaps the most important improvement was his free throw percentage. His freshman season, he shot 37.1% from the charity stripe and that jumped up all the way to 70% in his senior season.
Terry hasn’t got to play in an actual NBA game so far but will likely get the chance in Phoenix. So far, his professional career has been spent in the G League where he has averages of 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in only 23.9 minutes per game on 59.4% field goal accuracy. After being traded to Sioux Falls, his scoring and rebounding have gone up to 15.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over the last seven matches.
Looking over his college and G League time, the one thing that has been a consistent is his development as a player and that’s exactly what you want to see in a 23-year-old rookie.
Watching his highlights, what jumps out to you is he’s a very physical player with a ton of athleticism and a mean streak. He is a dunker and will slam it on anyone at any time. If a player gets in his way, he’s going in the basket too.
At the worst, he will be fun to watch and maybe his fearlessness and mentality can rub off onto Ayton and get him to dunk it more as well. Admit it. We’d all love to see Deandre throwing it down a whole lot more than he has so far.
Terry reminds me of a young Kenneth Faried and that type of player would be a great fit on this current roster. Only time will tell what he can actually bring.