Kyle O'Quinn
Kyle O'Quinn
30-Year-Old CenterC
Philadelphia 76ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
O'Quinn joins the 76ers on a one-year deal after spending last season with the Pacers. In 45 appearances for Indiana, the big man averaged 3.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 8.6 minutes per contest. O'Quinn has been a low-usage backup for the majority of his seven-year career, with a career-high of 17.2 minutes per night back in 2013-14. His most productive season came in 2017 with the Knicks, when he averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, so his ceiling is very low. O'Quinn will fight for reserve minutes at center with Jonah Bolden, though playing on a team loaded with talent (especially in the frontcourt), he'll have a tough time earning 15 minutes per night, making him avoidable in all but the deepest of fantasy basketball formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.03 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Kyle Brandon O'Quinn was born in Jamaica, New York, to Tommie and Regina O'Quinn. Kyle has an older sister, Rasheena Moss. He attended Holy Cross High School for his first two years of high school but did not ascend past the junior varsity team and played only limited minutes. O'Quinn then transferred to Math, Science Research & Technology High School at the Campus Magnet Complex in Queens, but he did not play basketball as a junior, instead choosing football. As a senior, he returned to hoops and posted per-game averages of 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks per game. O'Quinn earned first-team All-Queens and third-team All-Public School Athletic League (PSAL) honors for his senior year. After reaching the NBA, O'Quinn became known in part for his bushy beard. In 2014, he shaved the beard in order to raise awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida. Learn more about O'Quinn by following him on Twitter (@Kyle_OQuinn) and on Instagram (@kyle.oquinn).

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As a senior, O'Quinn had a golden moment in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, leading 15th-seeded Norfolk State over Missouri. The Spartan center put up 26 points and 14 rebounds to cap a successful career as a big fish in the MEAC pond. It all started in the 2008-09 season, when the 6-foot-10 center averaged 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds off the bench. He started 29 games as a sophomore and provided 11.5 points per game on 54.9 percent from the field, along with a team-high 8.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. O'Quinn had 19 double-doubles in his junior campaign and was top five in the country in rebounding (11.1) and blocks (3.4) per game, setting school records in both categories, and also averaged 16.4 points per game. O'Quinn also won the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year that year. O'Quinn then won the MEAC Player of the Year in his senior season after averaging 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. He had 20 double-doubles overall, including reaching that mark in six straight games at one point. O'Quinn was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic with the 49th overall pick.

Totals four denials in 12 minutes
CPhiladelphia 76ers
February 26, 2020
O'Quinn supplied six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four blocks, two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 108-94 loss to the Cavaliers.
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O'Quinn stepped up and matched his season high in blocks with Joel Embiid (shoulder) exiting in the first quarter and Norvel Pelle (illness) sidelined. If both Embiid and Pelle are held out of Thursday's matchup versus the Knicks, O'Quinn could be in line for another double-digit minute total.
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2018

O'Quinn joined the Pacers for the 2018-19 campaign after three years with the Knicks. He played in 45 games, making three starts. The 2012 second-round draft pick put together a 16-point, eight-rebound effort against the Nets on Oct. 20. He picked up a double-double Dec. 7 while playing a season-high 27 minutes, collecting 12 points and 10 boards while adding two blocks and two steals. On Jan. 6, he tallied nine points and chipped in seven rebounds and four blocks. Three days later, the big man scored 11 points -- including a rare three-pointer -- along with five boards and three assists. O'Quinn put in back-to-back balanced efforts in late-February victories over the Pelicans and Wizards with at least eight points, six rebounds and three dimes in each. Overall, O'Quinn averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. He finished the season with a 50.7 field-goal percentage and notched career bests in free-throw percentage (81.0) and assist percentage (20.4 percent). He also made his playoff debut Apr. 14 against the Celtics.

2017

A native New Yorker, O'Quinn became increasingly popular over the course of his three seasons with the Knicks. O'Quinn is fresh off a campaign in which he set new career highs in minutes (18.0), points (7.1) and rebounds (6.1). O'Quinn has always been an underrated passer, and that skill manifested itself in 2017-18 to the tune of 2.1 assists per game, a new single-season high. Although he mostly served as one of the first big men off the bench for New York, O'Quinn also made 10 starts last season. He racked up eight double-doubles and had 15 or more rebounds on three separate occasions. O'Quinn's offensive efficiency also improved significantly, as he shot 58.3 percent from the field after never shooting better than 52.1 percent in any of his first five NBA seasons. He also shot better than 77 percent (77.2) from the line for the third time in the past four years. Defensively, O'Quinn averaged 1.8 steals/blocks per game, equaling his output from the 2016-17 campaign. The Norfolk State product signed with Indiana as a free agent in July.

2016

In O'Quinn's second year with the Knicks, he appeared in a career-high 79 contests. The Queens native started eight of those games. O'Quinn responded with career-best averages of 6.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per tilt. He also tied his career high in blocks, notching 1.3 swats per contest. He reached double figures in scoring on 16 occasions. O'Quinn tied a career-high with 23 points against Brooklyn on Mar. 16. O'Quinn's best month was December. He averaged 8.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per tilt during that winter month. He tallied six double-doubles during the regular season. This included a career-high 16 rebounds against Orlando on Dec. 22. O'Quinn also rejected a season-best five shots in that game.

2015

A native of Queens, O'Quinn joined the Knicks from Orlando via a sign-and-trade in July. The big man served as a valuable rotational bench piece in his first season in New York. O'Quinn saw action at both the center and power forward position while playing 65 regular-season games. Known for his strong rebounding and tough play on the inside, O'Quinn racked up 21 rebounds in New York's first two games of the season. His season high in scoring came Feb. 24, when the big man scored 19 points against the Pacers. O'Quinn also shot better than 47 percent from the field (47.6) for a fourth straight season while hitting better than 75 percent of his free throws (76.7) for a second straight year. He averaged less than one turnover per game (0.9) for the first time since his rookie season of 2012-13. While not known for his outside shooting, O'Quinn has improved from downtown over the last couple years, and he drained a pair of threes on two separate occasions this in 2015-16.

2014

O'Quinn remained a useful bench player for Orlando in 2014-15, averaging 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks over 16.2 minutes per game. He also improved his free-throw shooting drastically, making 77.2 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. As usual, the third-year man out of Norfolk State sparkled in his rare opportunities to play major minutes in place of the Magic's star big men. O'Quinn delivered a trio of double-doubles, including a season-high 21 points alongside 11 rebounds Dec. 2 against Golden State. His season high in rebounds came in another double-double -- an 18-point, 13-board effort against Boston on Dec. 23. O'Quinn remained a source of defensive contributions as well. He collected a season-high three steals Dec. 19 against Utah, then blocked a season-high four shots against Philadelphia two days later.

2013

O'Quinn was a valuable reserve for the Magic in 2013-14, averaging 6.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks over 17.2 minutes per game. The productive big man appeared in 69 games, with 19 starts. He made more than half of his field-goal attempts (50.1 percent) and added two points to his free-throw percentage (68.7 percent). O'Quinn set a new career high in rebounds with 15 in a Mar. 1 loss at Miami. In that game, he double-doubled with 14 points, two steals and a block. O'Quinn had two double-doubles during the season. His greatest contributions came on defense, as O'Quinn's limited minutes didn't stop him from being a force in blocked shots. He swatted three in the season opener Oct. 29. O'Quinn generated multiple blocks in 23 contests, including a career-best six blocks on Feb. 5 during a home win over the Pistons. On Apr. 5, O'Quinn registered his second double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a home win over Orlando. On Apr. 14, O'Quinn scored a season-high 20 points, compiled on 9-of-11 shooting, during a 13-point loss at Chicago.

2012

O'Quinn was taken 49th overall out of Norfolk State University by the Orlando Magic in the 2012 NBA Draft, and he showed promise as a rebounder and shot blocker in his rookie season. On a per-36-minute basis, O'Quinn averaged 13.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 blocks. On Feb. 6, during a loss to the Clippers, the rookie generated 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. With Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris eating up most of the minutes at power forward and center, O'Quinn mostly occupied a backup role, but he shined when given the opportunity. When granted a season-high 42 minutes on the court against Charlotte on Mar. 27, O'Quinn set personal bests with 23 points and six assists to go with 11 rebounds. He'd set his personal best in boards a week prior, pulling down 14 rebounds to go with 12 points in 23 minutes against the Knicks.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 2nd round (49th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a rookie deal with the Orlando Magic.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year deal with the Orlando Magic and traded in a sign-and-trade deal along with a 2019 2nd round draft pick to the New York Knicks for cash and a 2019 2nd round draft pick.
  • July 9, 2018
    Signed a one-year deal as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers.
  • July 11, 2019
    Signed a one-year deal as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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In his third year with the Knicks, O'Quinn continued to show some improvements with his overall game. He ended up posting career highs across the board with per game averages of 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 blocks across 18.0 minutes. He finished the season with eight double-doubles and was an especially important bench piece over the final few months after All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis went down with a torn ACL. His fluctuating role kept him out of the season-long Fantasy league discussion for much of the year, but he was still a valuable DFS option when receiving an extended workload, as evidenced by his aforementioned double-double totals. As a result of his strong play, O'Quinn opted out of his $4.2 million player option with New York in an attempt to garner a pay raise. However, he ended up seeing just a very minor bump and now heads to Indiana on a one-year, $4.5 million deal. O'Quinn is expected to slot in as the team's third center behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, helping refill the frontcourt depth Indiana lost following the departures of Al Jefferson and Trevor Booker. Considering his placement on the depth chart, O'Quinn will struggle to provide consistent value for Fantasy owners, but he'll always be a streaming option if he's set for an increased workload on any given day/week.
O'Quinn was once again a depth option for the Knicks in the frontcourt during the 2016-17 campaign. However, with fellow center Joakim Noah playing in just 46 games, that allowed O'Quinn to see a few added minutes here and there. After averaging 11.8 minutes in his first season with New York, O'Quinn saw his playing time jump up to 15.6, which in turn added to his averages elsewhere of 6.3 points, 5.5 assists, 1.5 assists and 1.3 blocks. That wasn't enough to put him on the radar in anything but the deepest of leagues as a rebound and block specialist. That's unlikely to change heading into the 2017-18 season. Noah is set to miss the first 12 games of the year on suspension, but once he's back, O'Quinn will likely fall to the team's third-string center. O'Quinn can also play power forward, but guys like Kristaps Prozingis, Lance Thomas and Michael Beasley are all options there, which doesn't translate to a quicker path to playing time. That means O'Quinn likely shouldn't see many more minutes than the 15.6 he posted last season, limiting his impact as a Fantasy option.
The sleeper acquisition of an admittedly unexciting Knicks summer haul, O'Quinn returns to his native New York having agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal. In 51 appearances for Orlando last year, O'Quinn averaged 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.8 blocks in 16 minutes per game. At 6-10, 250 pounds, O'Quinn is capable of playing power forward and center, where he figures to backup starter Robin Lopez for the Knicks. When given ample minutes, O'Quinn has flashed a decent all-around skill set that includes strong rim protection and rebounding efficiency. However, O'Quinn has also demonstrated intriguing court vision and a developing outside shooting touch. Combined, those traits seemingly make the 25-year-old an ideal fit for the Knicks' offensive scheme, which could make him a valuable frontcourt contributor at either starting power forward or backup center. While O'Quinn's previous production should rightfully draw skepticism over his fantasy stock, it appears his new situation could set him up for success and gradually make him relevant in more formats.
Kyle O'Quinn is entering his third season in the NBA. Last season, O'Quinn averaged 6.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 17 minutes per game through 69 games. The 24-year-old center shot 50 percent from the field on 5.4 attempts per game and 69 percent from the free-throw line on 2.5 attempts per game. What began as a lost season quickly turned into a contract-saving campaign, with O'Quinn becoming a staple in the starting lineup after the trade deadline, facilitated by the departure of Glen Davis and injury-absence of Nikola Vucevic. O'Quinn turned in career-highs across the board and led the Magic in blocks and defensive rating (101.8). His 88 total blocks left him tied for 24th in the league last season, and he held opponents to 46-percent shooting at the rim (8th best among 71 players with at least four opportunities per game and 60 games played). Offensively, O'Quinn owns an quality mid-range game (42 percent from the field on 177 attempts last season) and is an adept at passer for a center. Standing in his way are minute consumers Nikola Vucevic and Channing Frye.
O'Quinn should lead the also-ran forwards in playing time, as he performed better than expected last year, and was rewarded with a steadily increasing supply of minutes. He has limited skills as a shot-blocker or scorer, but is a surprisingly skilled as a passer – he averaged 3.8 assists per 48 minutes in March, and 4.6 per 48 minutes in April.
O’Quinn will get opportunities as the Magic look to expedite the youth movement. The second-round pick averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in Summer League, and will get chances at the backup 5 role. He is undersized, but makes up for it with his hustle.
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Upgraded to available
CPhiladelphia 76ers
February 8, 2020
O'Quinn (personal) has been upgraded to available for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Sunday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
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February 8, 2020
O'Quinn (personal) remains out for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Justin Grasso of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Out again Friday
CPhiladelphia 76ers
Personal
February 7, 2020
O'Quinn (personal) was ruled out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.com reports.
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Out for personal reasons
CPhiladelphia 76ers
Personal
February 6, 2020
O'Quinn is out Thursday against the Bucks due to personal reasons, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Decent line in 16 minutes
CPhiladelphia 76ers
January 17, 2020
O'Quinn compiled six points (3-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 16 minutes during Friday's 100-89 win over the Bulls.
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