Josh Cohen’s Analysis: There was a noticeable difference for Kyle O’Quinn as a starter and reserve. In his three starts to open up preseason play, he scored a total of 10 points in 73 combined minutes, while in his two games off the bench heading into Sunday’s action he shot 9-of-14 from the field, posted 18 pooled points and grabbed 11 total rebounds.
It was somewhat of a surprise when Jacque Vaughn decided to start O’Quinn next to Nikola Vucevic in the frontcourt. However, with Glen Davis likely out a while as he continues to recover from a foot injury and with Tobias Harris equally effective in different roles, it was probably worth the exploration.
It remains to be seen whether O’Quinn will earn a starting job at any point this season. For now, he seems far more comfortable as a reserve either as a pick-and-pop specialist or a spirited post defender and more-than-capable shot-blocker.
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