O'Quinn with the Magic in 2012
|No. 9 – New York Knicks|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
March 26, 1990 |
Jamaica, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|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|
|2015–present||New York Knicks|
|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 New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Norfolk State Spartans, and led the Spartans 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.
High school career
O'Quinn originally attended Math, Science Research & Technology High School at the Campus Magnet Complex to play football and almost quit basketball when he didn't play as a junior. In his senior year, he averaged twenty points and twelve rebounds per game, but his only scholarship offer was to Norfolk State University.
In O'Quinn's freshman season at Norfolk State, he appeared in all 31 games including two starts. He averaged 5.3 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. He was also twice named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rookie of the week.
In his sophomore season, O'Quinn appeared in 30 games, starting in 29 of them. He was on third in Norfolk State in scoring at 11.5 points per game and led the team in rebounds at 8.7 rebounds per game. He also led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in field goal percentage at 54.9%. O'Quinn was also named to the All-MEAC Second Team and was twice named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week.
In O'Quinn's junior season, he averaged 16.4 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. O'Quinn led the MEAC in blocks and rebounds, was second in field goal percentage and finished fifth in points per game. 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.
In O'Quinn's senior season, he averaged 15.9 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game. He was also named the MEAC Player of the Year and the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Norfolk State made the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament as a fifteen 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 twenty-six points and fourteen rebounds. In the next round, Norfolk State lost to the Florida Gators, and O'Quinn only recorded four points and three rebounds. Following the season, O'Quinn participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. O'Quinn was named the Tournament MVP and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Orlando Magic (2012–2015)
O'Quinn was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft with the 49th overall pick by the Orlando Magic. On August 9, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Magic. 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. 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.
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.
New York Knicks (2015–present)
On July 9, 2015, O'Quinn was signed-and-traded from the Magic to the New York Knicks in exchange for cash considerations and the right to exchange 2019 second-round draft selections. 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. On February 24, 2016, he scored a season-high 19 points off the bench in a 108–105 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
On December 2, 2016, O'Quinn recorded season highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 118–114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On December 22, 2016, he recorded 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 106–95 win over the Orlando Magic. 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.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Lupica, Mike (March 18, 2012). "Lupica: New York tale at the NCAA Tournament". Archived from the original on July 11, 2012.
- "Kyle O'Quinn Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
- "Norfolk State hero Kyle O’Quinn wins MVP at Portsmouth Invitational". NBCSports.com. April 15, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
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- "Knicks Acquire Four Free Agents: Afflalo, R. Lopez, Williams, O'Quinn". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
- "George scores 25 of his 27 in 2nd half, Pacers edge Knicks". NBA.com. February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "Anthony scores 29, Knicks defeat Timberwolves 118-114". ESPN.com. December 2, 2016. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- "Rose leads 6 Knicks in double figures, Knicks beat Magic". ESPN.com. December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
- "Nets beat Knicks again, get 121-110 win at MSG". ESPN.com. March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017.