For those of you who don't know who Kyle O'Quinn is and I assume most of you do not, he is the backup power forward on the Orlando Magic. And while being the backup power forward on a team that has a mere 19 wins this season may not be a feat for some, O'Quinn has found a niche this season on the aforementioned Magic roster.
Kyle O'Quinn's prior claim to fame was that he was the MVP of his 15 seed Norfolk State Spartans upset over the number two seed Missouri Tigers back in the 2012 NCAA tournament. But now on the Magic, O'Quinn is starting to prove his worth.
Now with Glen "Big Baby" Davis on the Los Angeles Clippers, O'Quinn has emerged as the team's go-to inbounder late in games. While this is not an incredibly glamorous role, the role is a testament to O'Quinn's basketball IQ, passing ability and work ethic. Coach Jacque Vaughn said, "Designated in-bound passer late in games'' might not be a sexy role, but it's an important one, and one that the Magic feel totally comfortable putting O'Quinn in."
O'Quinn is an excellent passer and always makes the right pass. His passing skills out of the high post have improved throughout his career and he now consistently lays a good chest pass on a backdoor cutter. The Magic shoot better percentages in the paint (non RA), left and right corner, and above the three point break with O'Quinn on the floor which is a testament to his passing abilities. Unlike Davis, O'Quinn does not need to force up midrange jump shots, but he is still a good midrange jump shooter when the defense allows it.
His teammates have also marveled at his leadership. Starting power forward and workout partner Tobias Harris spoke to Orlandomagic.com about O'Quinn's work ethic saying that, "Kyle comes to work every day. He's energetic, he communicates out there on the floor and he puts his work in, so there's no reason he shouldn't be out there shinning.''
In his last 10 games, O'Quinn is averaging 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 points in 19.8 minutes. Per 36 minutes that translates to 13.5 rebounds and 13.1 points. He currently is shooting more than 50 percent from the field.
With Davis gone, O'Quinn is now playing more minutes along side the Magic's best player: Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic is a rebounding machine himself, and now with O'Quinn on the floor the Magic's rebounding numbers will only improve. According to orlandopinstripedpost.com, Orlando has grabbed 55.1 percent of all available rebounds in the 62 minutes O'Quinn and Vucevic have played together. For a young team like the Magic, having a front line that can clean up the glass and hold opposing team's to only one shot is a true advantage and bodes well for future seasons.
While he may not ever make an All-Star or All-NBA defensive team, O'Quinn is a scrappy power forward and guys who work hard, play defense, rebound and are unselfish on the offensive end of the floor always have a place in the NBA.
** Stats Are as of 3/7/14
 He started his first game of the season last night in the Magic's loss to the Spurs