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It has been quite a month for Kyle O'Quinn.
Ever since the Magic bought out Glen Davis on Feb. 20, O'Quinn is averaging about 19.0 minutes per game and producing 8.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. O'Quinn's impact has gone beyond the numbers. He is the oil that squeaks the wheels for the second unit in very many ways.
The ascendance for O'Quinn has been quite amazing. He took to basketball late and went to little-known Norfolk State, where he helped the Spartans upset the second-seeded Tigers in the NCAA Tournament. The Magic drafted him in the second round and nobody quite knew what to expect.
What the Magic have gotten is a player who brings a ton of energy and, surprisingly, basketball smarts. He works well out of the high post and is a skilled passer, gaining increasing chemistry with the young players like Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless.
That has helped O'Quinn cement a deeper spot in the rotation with this Magic team and, perhaps, answer some long-term questions about his place on the team. O'Quinn is slowly having his role defined more and more for him. He is finding a place in the NBA.
"I put in the same work any other pro would put in I guess," O'Quinn said. "I put in a little extra sometimes to get myself over. It's all coming together because I'm learning while I'm doing it. It's not like I'm doing it just for people to see or people to notice. I'm doing it so I can get better. I feel like I do deserve it. So, I'll continue to do what I'm doing."
O'Quinn has done a lot of learning when it comes to the NBA game. It is not easy to go from tiny Norfolk State to the NBA and have things click into place this quickly.no comments