Kyle O’Quinn didn’t do too much to improve his future stock with the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
O’Quinn was given only his fifth starting assignment of the season in a Magic home game against the Boston Celtics. He saw 24 minutes and didn’t do much, although he was playing a focused Celtic team that’s determined to go to the playoffs at the top of their game.
O’Quinn shot 2-of-10 from the floor, which is obviously not good for a 6-foot-10 post player. His field goal shooting percentage is still decent at 51.6 percent, but the test for O’Quinn is how he shoots when he takes a lot of shots. He failed that particular test against the Celtics. Boston’s defense can be tough for any NBA rookie to face, but he still squandered a golden opportunity.
He also didn’t shoot any free throws and needs to get more aggressive inside so he can draw more fouls and shoot more from the charity stripe.
O’Quinn is only at 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds a game this season. It hasn’t helped that he hasn’t gotten too many minutes from a team that all season has been looking for players to make steady and consistent contributions on the court.
He has been averaging only 11 minutes per game all season. The increase in minutes hasn’t resulted in more numbers from him, and that’s bad news from the coaches’ point of view. O’Quinn may have some extraordinary raw talent, but he needs to start showing some of it in the final games of the season for Orlando.