The Orlando Magic have a ton of young assets that many people are raving about for the future in the NBA. People are excited about the potential of Tobias Harris and his versatility, of Victor Oladipo and all of the things the rookie guard brings to the table, and of Nikola Vucevic and his potential as a double-double machine at the center position.
However, one player that a lot of people aren’t talking about, but could still prove to be an asset in this league is Magic big man Kyle O’Quinn, who just finished his rookie year with Orlando last season and played in Summer League again this year.
In his rookie year he played in 57 games and averaged just 4.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in 11.2 minutes per game while also shooting 51.3 percent from the floor. Though he didn’t see a lot of time on the floor, he was solid when he did get the opportunity to play reserve minutes.
At the Orlando NBA Summer League a few weeks ago, O’Quinn continued to look solid for the Magic. In four Summer League games he averaged 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game. He did only shoot 43.8 percent from the field, but he showed solid potential on the defensive end of the floor, though he slightly struggled on the offensive end of the floor.
As the Magic continue in this rebuilding period of their franchise, they have to give O’Quinn an opportunity behind Vucevic next season. Though O’Quinn may not be a fantastic offensive player and is a tad undersized at 6’10”, he’s competent enough and has a ton of defensive potential as he knows how to use his strength and his impressive 7’5” wingspan. He may not amount to much, but he’s shown that there is at least a possibility that he can be a quality backup center in the NBA and for Orlando.