Kyle O'Quinn

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Kyle O'Quinn
Kyle O'Quinn Washington at Orlando 034.jpg
O'Quinn with the Magic in 2012
No. 10 – Indiana Pacers
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 28)
Jamaica, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Campus Magnet
(Queens, New York)
College Norfolk State (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
20122015 Orlando Magic
20152018 New York Knicks
2018–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kyle Brandon O'Quinn (born March 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Norfolk State Spartans, and led them to a victory over the #2 seed Missouri Tigers in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft with the 49th overall pick, by the Orlando Magic.

Early and personal life[edit]

O'Quinn was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in South Jamaica, Queens.[1] His parents are Tommie (who moved to New York from Mississippi in 1963, worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and died in a car accident in September 2015) and Regina O’Quinn.[2][3][4] He has an older sister, Rasheena Moss, who earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Hampton University in 2008.[3]

O'Quinn has moonlighted by booking gigs in New York as a bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah entertainer; dancing with the teenagers, signing autographs, joining in selfies with the kids, and chatting with the parents.[5][6]

High school career[edit]

O'Quinn first attended Holy Cross High School for his first two years of high school, playing only a limited amount on the school's junior varsity team.[7][8] He then attended Math, Science Research & Technology High School at the Campus Magnet Complex in Queens, originally to play football, and almost quit basketball when he didn't play as a junior. In his senior year, he averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game, but his only scholarship offer was to Norfolk State University.[9] He was a first-team All-Queens and third-team All-Public School Athletic League (PSAL) selection in his senior year.[10]

College career[edit]

O'Quinn originally planned on pursuing a career in football even after receiving a scholarship from Norfolk State mainly because of his basketball ability. O'Quinn could have given up basketball the way he had with football, but this time chose the other choice and focused on pursuing a career in the NBA. He graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.[11]

In his Norfolk State University career, he played in 129 games, averaged 12.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.19 BPG, and shot .553 (610-1,104) from the field.[4]

Freshman season[edit]

In O'Quinn's freshman season at Norfolk State (2008-09), he appeared in all 31 games including two starts. He averaged 5.3 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game.[4] He was also twice named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rookie of the week.

Sophomore season[edit]

In his sophomore season (2009-10), O'Quinn appeared in 30 games, starting in 29 of them. He was on third on Norfolk State in scoring at 11.5 points per game, led the team in rebounds at 8.7 rebounds per game, and had 1.70 blocks per game. He also led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in field goal percentage at 54.9%.[4] O'Quinn was also named to the All-MEAC Second Team and was twice named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Junior season[edit]

In O'Quinn's junior season in 2010-11, he averaged 16.4 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and 3.44 blocks per game.[4] He was fourth in the country in blocked shots, fifth in rebounds, and eighth in double-doubles (19).[4] O'Quinn led the MEAC in blocks and rebounds, was second in field goal percentage (.556), and finished fifth in points per game.[4] He established single-season school records (NCAA Division I era) with 110 blocked shots and 355 rebounds.[4] He also became the first-ever player from Norfolk State to be named MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. O'Quinn was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week four times and was named MEAC Player of the Week four times as well, and was voted to the MEAC All-Tournament Team.[4]

Senior season[edit]

In O'Quinn's senior season, he averaged 15.9 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 2.69 blocks per game.[4] He led the conference and tied for fifth in the country with 20 double-doubles. He ranked 14th in the nation in field goal percentage (.573; 205-358), 15th in blocked shots, and 16th in rebounding.[4] He was named the MEAC Player of the Year and the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year.[4] He was the 2012 Lou Henson recipient as the nation’s top mid-major player.[4]

Norfolk State made the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament as a 15 seed, but the Spartans (making their first-ever postseason appearance) upset the second-seeded Missouri Tigers in the Round of 64. In the game, O'Quinn recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds.[4] After the game, an ecstatic O'Quinn began sprinting through the school's hallways, yelling, "We messed up some brackets! We messed up some brackets!" In the next round, Norfolk State lost to the Florida Gators, and O'Quinn only recorded four points and three rebounds.[12]

Following the season, O'Quinn participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, averaging 11.7 PPG, 11.7 RPG, and 3.7 BPG.[4] O'Quinn was named the Tournament MVP, and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.[13]

Professional career[edit]

Orlando Magic (2012–2015)[edit]

O'Quinn was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft with the 49th overall pick by the Orlando Magic.[14] On August 9, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Magic.[15] He went on to earn the 2012–13 Hustle Player of the Year award for his constant commitment to playing every game with more excitement than the last.[16] He finished the season with averages of 4.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 57 games.

With 1.3 blocked shots per game in 2013–14, O'Quinn led the Magic and was tied for 20th in the league. He finished the season with averages of 6.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.[17]

After spraining his ankle in the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 28, 2014, O'Quinn missed 15 consecutive games before returning to action on November 16. Over a five-game stretch with Nikola Vučević out with a back injury between December 2 and December 12, O'Quinn started all five games and subsequently averaged 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.[18][19]

New York Knicks (2015–2018)[edit]

O'Quinn with the Knicks in 2017.

On July 9, 2015, O'Quinn was signed-and-traded (to a four-year, $16-million contract)[20] from the Magic to the New York Knicks in exchange for cash considerations and the right to exchange 2019 second-round draft selections.[21] He made his debut for the Knicks in the team's season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 28, recording 8 points and 11 rebounds in a 122–97 win.[22] On February 24, 2016, he scored a season-high 19 points off the bench in a 108–105 loss to the Indiana Pacers.[23]

On December 2, 2016, O'Quinn recorded season highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 118–114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[24] On December 22, he recorded 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 106–95 win over the Orlando Magic.[25] On March 16, 2017, he came off the bench to a tie a career high with 23 points in a 121–110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.[26]

On November 25, 2017, O'Quinn had his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds starting in place of the injured Enes Kanter in a 117–102 loss to the Houston Rockets.[27]

Indiana Pacers (2018–present)[edit]

On July 9, 2018, O'Quinn signed with the Indiana Pacers.[28]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Orlando 57 5 11.2 .513 .000 .667 3.7 .9 .2 .5 4.1
2013–14 Orlando 69 19 17.2 .501 .000 .687 5.3 1.1 .6 1.3 6.2
2014–15 Orlando 51 17 16.2 .492 .279 .772 3.9 1.2 .6 .8 5.8
2015–16 New York 65 1 16.2 .476 .227 .767 3.8 1.1 .3 .8 4.8
2016–17 New York 79 8 15.6 .521 .118 .771 5.6 1.5 .5 1.3 6.3
2017–18 New York 77 10 18.0 .582 .235 .772 6.1 2.1 .5 1.3 7.1
Career 398 60 15.2 .518 .223 .745 4.9 1.3 .4 1.0 5.8

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Norfolk State 31 2 16.7 .492 .378 .622 3.4 .4 .3 .8 5.3
2009–10 Norfolk State 30 29 28.3 .549 .239 .527 8.7 .9 .5 1.7 11.5
2010–11 Norfolk State 32 31 32.8 .556 .238 .762 11.1 1.0 .6 3.4 16.4
2011–12 Norfolk State 36 36 31.3 .573 .188 .696 10.3 1.4 .7 2.7 15.9
Career 129 98 27.5 .553 .261 .685 8.5 .9 .5 2.2 12.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kyle O'Quinn Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio - New York Knicks - ESPN
  2. ^ "Lupica: New York tale at the NCAA Tournament" - NY Daily News
  3. ^ a b "Family is A Pillar of Strength for Kyle O’Quinn" – MSGNetworks.com
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Kyle O'quinn stats, details, videos, and news" | NBA.com
  5. ^ "Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn moonlights as a ‘Bar Mitzvah Man’" | New York Post
  6. ^ "NBA - The Knicks' Kyle O'Quinn is a hit on the New York bar mitzvah scene", ESPN.
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  9. ^ Lupica, Mike (March 18, 2012). "Lupica: New York tale at the NCAA Tournament". Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
  10. ^ The Official Site of Norfolk State University Spartans Athletics
  11. ^ Norfolk State's Beloved Spartan Returns: Inside Kyle O'Quinn's Graduation Weekend - National Basketball Players Association
  12. ^ "Kyle O'Quinn Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  13. ^ "Norfolk State hero Kyle O'Quinn wins MVP at Portsmouth Invitational". NBCSports.com. April 15, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  14. ^ PROSPECT PROFILE: KYLE O'QUINN
  15. ^ Magic Sign Kyle O'Quinn
  16. ^ Kyle O'Quinn Earns Aleve Hustle Player of the Year Honors
  17. ^ Kyle O'Quinn NBA Stats
  18. ^ Kyle O’Quinn’s starting campaign
  19. ^ Kyle O'Quinn 2014-15 Game Log
  20. ^ Sources: Kyle O'Quinn comes to hometown Knicks in four-year, $16M deal | Newsday
  21. ^ "Knicks Acquire Four Free Agents: Afflalo, R. Lopez, Williams, O'Quinn". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  22. ^ "Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "George scores 25 of his 27 in 2nd half, Pacers edge Knicks". NBA.com. February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  24. ^ "Anthony scores 29, Knicks defeat Timberwolves 118-114". ESPN.com. December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  25. ^ "Rose leads 6 Knicks in double figures, Knicks beat Magic". ESPN.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  26. ^ "Nets beat Knicks again, get 121-110 win at MSG". ESPN.com. March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  27. ^ "Harden leads Rockets to 117-102 win over Knicks". ESPN.com. November 25, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  28. ^ "Pacers Sign Kyle O'Quinn". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.

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