2013-14 Season Review: Kyle O'Quinn
By John Denton
May 14, 2014
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic made great strides during the 2013-14 season, notching several wins against some of the best teams in the NBA and witnessing major improvements by many of their players.
Orlando had a seven-win improvement at the Amway Center this past season while beating Oklahoma City, Indiana, Brooklyn (twice), the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland. Undoubtedly, the high point in the season came in mid-February when Orlando beat OKC at the buzzer and outlasted Indiana in the fourth quarter within a three-day span. At the time, the Thunder and the Pacers were the leaders in the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively.
Moments like those showed that the future is bright for a Magic squad loaded with promising young players such as Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless and steadied by the veteran leadership of Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson.
Orlando is also expected to add to his talent base in the June 26 NBA Draft. Orlando has secured the third-best odds at getting the top overall pick. The draft order will be determined in the May 20 NBA lottery, a process in which the Magic have a 16.6 percent chance of winning. The team with the third-best odds has won the NBA Draft Lottery each of the past two seasons (New Orleans with Anthony Davis and Cleveland with Anthony Bennett) and teams have won the lottery from the third spot eight times in the past 17 years.
The Magic have won the NBA’s top overall pick three times in their 25-year history, ending up with franchise fixtures Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway and Dwight Howard.
Looking back on the 2013-14 season, we here at OrlandoMagic.com are going to spend the next three weeks breaking down each of the players currently on the Magic roster. We’ll look at their stats, highs and lows from the season, a favorite moment and analyze their role for the future.
So without further ado, here is today’s Magic player capsule:
NAME: Kyle O’Quinn
JERSEY NUMBER: 2
HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-10, 250
POSITION: Center/Power forward
NBA SEASONS: 2
2013-14 SEASON STATS: 69 games, 6.2 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 1.1 apg., 0.6 spg., 1.3 bpg., 50.1 percent FG, 68.7 percent FT.
2013-14 SEASON HIGHS: 20 points (April 14 at Bulls); 15 rebounds (March 1 at Heat); 7 assists (Feb. 18 at Bucks); 4 steals (Jan. 28 vs. Pistons); 6 blocks (Feb. 5 vs. Pistons); 32 minutes (March 19 at Suns).
BEST MOMENT: O’Quinn almost single-handed willed the Magic to a second-half come-from-behind victory on Feb. 5 against the Detroit Pistons. O’Quinn scored just eight points and grabbed five rebounds in the game, but he made his presence felt on the defensive end by blocking a career-best six shots. On one play, O’Quinn twice swatted shots by Brandon Jennings and then raced down the floor for a dunk that gave Orlando the lead. HONORABLE MENTION: Comfortable as a starter late in the season, O’Quinn poured in 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and swatted a shot in a loss in Chicago. In that game, O’Quinn hit nine of 11 shots and outplayed Chicago super sub Taj Gibson.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: O’Quinn brought awareness to the need for male mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida this week when he shaved off his beard. O’Quinn also made an appearance at the Magic Youth Basketball Camps last year and met with special needs children several times during the season before games.
FUTURE ROLE WITH THE MAGIC: O’Quinn was arguably the most improved player on the Magic this past season, going from a second-round pick in 2012 to a full-time starter at power forward by the end of the 2013-14 season. O’Quinn worked his way into the rotation early in the season with his hustle and muscle in the low post and then started the final 19 games of the regular season with great success. As a starter, O’Quinn averaged 9.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots a game. And that was in just 23.7 minutes a game – a number that expects to rise in the future because the Magic were simply better this past season when he was on the floor. O’Quinn earned such a trust from the coaching staff that he was the team’s designated in-bounds passer. His abilities as a passer – both on in-bounds plays and from the high post – proved to be a boon for the Magic offense. O’Quinn has carved out space as a cornerstone piece of the franchise with his hard work, basketball smarts and talent. The Magic hope that he can make as much improvement next season as he did this past season. His ability to bang down low as a center and step outside as a shooter and a passer from the power forward slot also makes him extremely valuable to the team.