Quincy Douby, Reinvented by the Toronto Raptors

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Quincy Douby, Reinvented by the Toronto Raptors
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Quincy Douby was signed by the Raptors on Mar. 24, 2009 to a 10-day contract.  On Apr. 3, Douby signed for a second 10 days, which was eventually extended to include the 2009-10 season.  It appears shooting 44.4 percent from three gets you a second look!

A 6’3” 175lb star shooting guard from Rutgers, Douby was drafted 19th overall in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings after his junior year. Following a rough two-and-a-half NBA seasons, he was waived by the Kings on Feb. 18, 2009.

Considered to be the best guard Rutgers has ever produced, Douby was an excellent offensive player. He had a good handle and the ability to create his own shot.  With excellent range on his jumper, Douby was a major three-point threat in college. 

Despite being undersized, he had a decent defensive game and was able to get more than his share of blocks, steals and rebounds.  While definitely a scorer, Douby was also credited with being able to find the open man.

College basketball started well for Douby. While a freshman at Rutgers, students started wearing “I Doubylieve” t-shirts. Douby had moved Rutgers men’s basketball from being a long running joke to the finals of the NIT.

In his junior year at Rutgers, Douby averaged 25.4 ppg while sinking three-pointers at a rate of 3.5 per game with a 40 percent success rate.  He also filled the stat sheet with 4.3 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks. It is little wonder that the Big East’s scoring leader, Quincy Douby was considered the heart and soul of his team.

It’s amazing just how fast things can change when players move from college to the NBA.  Initial scouting reports on Douby expressed concern over his size. Really, it was more his lack of strength and weight.

Douby wasn’t considered to have true point guard potential.  His assist to turnover ratio in college was poor at 1.1:1 in his junior year.  At 175lbs, many shooting guards in the NBA were expected to over-power him with little trouble.  To be successful, Douby was going to have to be an effective outside shooter.

In his rookie year, Douby only played in 42 games and for very limited minutes. But far worse for Douby was his 24 percent shooting from three-point range.

Year two was slightly better.  His three-point shooting improved to 34.4 percent. He got into 74 games and scored 4.8 points in 11.8 minutes per game. However, with a turnover ratio below 1:1 it wasn’t surprising the Kings brought in Bobby Jackson and Bobby Brown to compete for the backup guard spots.

Unfortunately in year three, Douby’s three-point shot deserted him again.  After shooting 27 percent from three over 20 games, the Kings decided that they had invested enough time in Douby.

The Raptors pick up of Quincy Douby looked like they were just trying out an available body as the team lacked depth at the guard positions.  It wasn’t really something to be taken seriously.  But the Raptors were not just wasting time at the end of a lost season.  Quincy Douby, the under-sized guard without point guard potential, had quietly (almost unnoticed) stopped turning the ball over so badly.

Douby only played seven games with the Raptors last season.  That’s hardly enough to get a true picture of his abilities.  But the 4-of-9 shooting from three looked promising and the 12 assists to seven turnovers apparently got the Raptors management’s attention.

In that short stretch of games, it began to feel like, inexplicably, the Raptors were going to give Douby a shot at third-string point guard duties.

In the 2009 NBA Summer League, Douby figured prominently.  What was immediately noticeable was that when Roko Ukic ran the team, things didn’t go so smoothly.  Then when Quincy Douby was at the point (even just on the floor), the team performed better. By the end of Summer League, it was obvious that Douby had outperformed Ukic.

In Summer League, Douby averaged 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.8 turnovers, shooting 46.9% from the field and 31.3% from 3.  Quincy had a nice Summer League stat line but hardly overwhelming.  (At least he didn’t have Ukic’s 0.8:1 assist to turnover ratio.)

There have been calls for Quincy Douby to get a real opportunity to play with the Raptors this coming season.  These seem to be primarily based on his outstanding college game, the seven game “try-out” last year with the Raptors, or Douby’s success in Summer League.

However, Quincy Douby has yet to prove he can handle meaningful minutes in a NBA game. Fortunately, since he is still only 24 years old, has a very inexpensive (by NBA standards) contract, and should be happy to have the chance to be a third-string guard on an NBA team, the Raptors can afford to see if Douby can continue to develop his game.

There are signs Douby can add to his college skill set, learn to control his turnovers, and become a useful NBA player.  But, calls for Douby to play significant minutes for the Raptors this season seem very premature.

Douby reinvented by the Raptors, maybe not yet.

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