Player Profile: Kyle O’Quinn | Magic Basketball



Oct 18

Player Profile: Kyle O’Quinn

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Frankel’s 2013-14 projections

1.4 1.3 0.3 53.7 15.9

Kyle O’Quinn will never surprise. Blessed with acceptable height, a strong frame and arms that go for days, he’s athletic enough to capably defend a lion’s share of power forwards and centers, and offers surprising versatility on offense, too. While he doesn’t stand out on either end and has little (or nothing) in the way of upside, O’Quinn seems destined be a solid backup big for years to come.

While playing 57 games and averaging 11.2 minutes in those outings his rookie season, O’Quinn posted several impressive numbers. He ranked 25th in the league in both total and defensive rebound percentage, and was one of just five players to average at least 11 rebounds and 2.8 assists per 36 minutes.

And O’Quinn can score, too: he shot a solid 46.0 percent from 16-23 feet, albeit on just 1.0 attempt per game. While the midrange jumper will never be a team’s schematic focal point, that O’Quinn is a threat to score away from the basket certainly furthers his overall worth.

But it’s not all roses. O’Quinn is a mediocre finisher, abnormally turnover prone for an ancillary option and committed a whopping 6.0 fouls per 36 minutes. There’s more than that keeping him from consistent playing time, obviously, but those deficiencies must be fixed if O’Quinn is to claim a larger role going forward — with the Magic or another team.

Presumably behind Nikola Vucevic, Glen Davis, Andrew Nicholson and Jason Maxiell in Orlando’s pecking order of true big men, O’Quinn will lose minutes when the Magic play small with Tobias Harris or Maurice Harkless at power forward, too.

Though perhaps deserving of more extended (though still limited) court time, O’Quinn’s unique versatility still makes him a perfect fit among Orlando’s cavalcade of interior options. Should a frontcourt stalwart miss time due to injury, he’s good enough to help pick up the slack. O’Quinn is no better than that and likely never will be, but he seems perfectly suited for his current role.