Kyle O'Quinn
Kyle O'Quinn
28-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.45 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2018.
Well-rounded line in win
CIndiana Pacers
February 23, 2019
O'Quinn collected eight points (4-6 FG), six rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Saturday's 119-112 win over the Wizards.
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O'Quinn drew his second straight start and delivered another solid stat line, this after posting eight points (3-6 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 boards, three dimes, and two steals in 20 minutes during Friday's win over the Pelicans. With Myles Turner (hip) sidelined these last two games, O'Quinn has stepped up, but as soon as Turner returns O'Quinn will once again become an afterthought in the rotation.
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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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Expected to start Friday
CIndiana Pacers
February 22, 2019
O'Quinn is expected to start Friday against the Pelicans, Jeremiah Johnson of Fox Sports Indiana reports.
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Leads bench scoring effort
CIndiana Pacers
January 9, 2019
O'Quinn scored 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and accrued five rebounds along with three assists across 21 minutes Wednesday against the Celtics.
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Blocks four shots Sunday
CIndiana Pacers
January 7, 2019
O'Quinn compiled nine points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and three assists in 17 minutes during Sunday's 121-105 loss to Toronto.
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No longer on injury report
CIndiana Pacers
December 27, 2018
O'Quinn (illness) wasn't listed on Indiana's injury report for Friday's game against Detroit.
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Doesn't play Wednesday
CIndiana Pacers
Illness
December 27, 2018
O'Quinn (illness) was inactive for Wednesday's 129-121 victory over the Hawks.
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