The Orlando Magic needs to be giving rookie Kyle O’Quinn more playing minutes. The obvious reason is: why not?
For a team that 15-37, the Magic needs to see what it has on its roster. To some extent, they’ve given him a shot. But they need to give him more court time and for good season. The rookie from Norfolk State has been showing signs of excellence. Prior to the NBA All-Star break, he saw 11 minutes against the Portland Trailblazers and scored seven points with 3-of-5 shooting, Then he played against the Atlanta Hawks with double minutes, 22, and was 3-of-7 for six points. But his rebounding totals were up to eight with six on the defensive end and he had two steals plus one block and one assist.
That’s not to say he should be playing 30 minutes or more. Probably not that long since he’s still developing and learning the pro game. But the average of 7.3 point per game should be higher because he’s been showing definite production potential. It’s time to see what he has and what he doesn’t have.
He’s 6-foot-10 but O’Quinn is also shooting 53.9 percent from the floor which is fine for a big inside guy and is hitting 78.3 percent from the free-throw line which is somewhat impressive for a big inside guy.
Coach Jacque Vaughn has 30 games left in season where there will be no playoffs for the Magic. But he has to see what he has as Orlando gets ready for 2013-14. He could have something in Kyle O’Quinn. But he needs to take a look.