Report: Quincy Acy likely to start for Knicks at power forward


might be the opening-night starter for the at power forward. The third-year heart-and-hustle guy has impressed head coach Derek Fisher in training camp and preseason, and he’s the “leading candidate” at the position, . It was originally thought that either , who is out with a sore hamstring, or  would have the spot, but Acy has started the last three games.

“No I didn’t plan on coming here to start,’’ Acy told The Post with a chuckle. “I planned on coming here and playing hard to earn minutes. I guess I impressed enough with my defense to earn a spot. I don’t knoe left-back position is up for grabs after a serious injury to Charlie Daniels in Sunday’s loss to Manchester City.With Daniels and Lloyd Kelly injured, Diego Rico is the only recognised senior player in the position.But Howe has called on the club’sw what coach got going if I’m starting or coming off the bench or not playing, but I’ll be happy.’’

Fisher said from the get-go it’s not the most talented five players who will start and intangibles would factor in. Jose Calderon, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert have locked up the starting point guard, small forward and center positions, respectively. Iman Shumpert appears to have staked his claim to the starting shooting guard job.

Then there’s power forward, for which four guys are competing. Aside from Acy, Bargnani and Stoudemire, there’s free-agent signee Jason Smith, who missed time because of the birth of his daughter but lit up the Sixers for 14 points Tuesday night in Syracuse.

Acquired from the in August, fe the matchwinner for their 3-2 triumph at Newcastle United.The Reds won 3-2 thanks to supersub Origi heading home late on.He said: “Today was a big fight. We knew it beforehand.”We came here with a big heart, it wasn’t easy and you could see they werw would have predicted Acy would be in this position. He’s only 6-foot-7, but he plays taller than that because of his relentless energy. While he’s improved the form on his jumper considerably since coming out of Baylor, he’s not what you’d call a sharpshooter. The logic for starting Acy is that he’d do the dirty work, pass from the high post and let and handle most of the playmaking. Then Stoudemire and/or Bargnani could provide some scoring punch off the bench.

The issue here is defense. Acy tries extremely hard, but he’s foul-prone and not a great rim protector because of his height. Generally, guys like him will be fan favorites but be looked at as rp Guardiola refused to offer any guarantees on the future of Leroy Sane.The German winger could return from injury in the coming weeks, but he is also the subject of long term interest from Bayern Munich.While it would take a huge fee to tempt City teserves. Of course, if you’re looking at Stoudemire and Bargnani as alternatives, then it doesn’t really matter. Starting Acy sounds fun to me!

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