07-12-2009, 10:05 PM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Douby Makes His Case
Quincy Douby was supposed to be a Maverick by now. Had the Shawn Marion trade gone as planned, Douby—and not Nathan Jawai—would have ended up in Dallas. As it stands, a clause in the collective bargaining agreement kept Douby with the Raptors for the time being.
However, Douby's thunderous start to the Las Vegas Summer League may keep him Toronto for the foreseeable future.
Through two games, Douby is Toronto's leading scorer (37 overall points), has picked up five assists and has attempted a team-high 12 free throws. And while he's battling for minutes with Smush Parker and Roko Ukic, this Rutgers product is focused on his own game.
"(I have to) continue to work hard and play my game," said Douby. "I should get more confidence, play defense, and continue to work on my point guard skills."
Good point guard skills will certainly come in handy. The Raptors have Marcus Banks and Ukic on their roster (and Parker is a threat to make the team) but Douby still has a chance to back up starting point guard Jose Calderon
"It's a good opportunity," Douby said of playing on the Raptors. "I think we're going to be one of the top teams in the East. (Hedo) Turkoglu made it to the (NBA Finals) with a lot of experience, we have Calderon; I think the sky is the limit. We have a good chance to go far."
Douby—one of many Coney Island point guards—arrived in Toronto last season on a 10-day contract and wound up finishing the season with the team thanks to his 44.4% mark from beyond the arc.
The team holds an option on his contract for this season, and if they find a taker for Banks and pass on Parker, Douby could find himself getting regular minutes on a contending team.
Still, Douby is one of four players with an eye to back up Calderon.
"It's definitely a challenge, but you have to play your game," he said. "They're no excuses out there."
Well, there is one excuse.
Douby doesn't have a guaranteed contract. And even if Toronto likes him better than Banks and Ukic, accountants hate dead money.
The silver lining is that Douby has signed 10-day contracts in the past and will continue to have that opportunity in the future. When a team finds themselves thin in the backcourt, don't be surprised to see Douby's name come up.
Lay off Douby, he's playing to get into the rotation and if he carries this into camp its going to be difficult not to give him some time.