Having recently opted out of the final year of his current contract, Kyle O’Quinn will soon decide the next stop in his career in this year’s NBA Free Agency. With that, we look at what he could potentially bring to the Milwaukee Bucks.
By recently entering this year’s NBA Free Agency after declining his $4.2 million player option for next season, Kyle O’Quinn is set to become a hot commodity on the open market.
After being taken with the 49th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, O’Quinn has grown from his humble beginnings to become a viable, rotation big man in the league over the course of his career to this point.
In fact, O’Quinn’s journey to the NBA came close to never being realized at all, considering basketball wasn’t his first love when it came to playing sports.
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As O’Quinn explained to Anthony Gilbert of The Undefeated last year, the six-year veteran took to both baseball and football first before taking his talents to the basketball court in his junior year of high school:
"“Football, I would say, is my second love. Baseball is my first, and I enjoyed football … but I didn’t have NFL aspirations,” O’Quinn said. “Going into my junior year, I was 6-7 and it was looking crazy that I wasn’t on the basketball team. So I tried out, I made it, but I didn’t play that much, so football was still my main focus. “That next year I grew a little bit more, and it was kinda like … a blind man could see that I should be on the court versus the field.”"
As a result of his brief experience playing basketball in high school, only one school offered O’Quinn a full scholarship, that being Norfolk State. Jumping at the chance to play for the MEAC school, O’Quinn laid the foundation of his basketball career in southeast Virginia.
Without O’Quinn forging a path that ultimately led him to being in the NBA, fans and writers alike would be without one of the more well known characters in the league.
So without further ado, let’s break down what Kyle O’Quinn has to offer both on and off the court, his case on the open market and evaluate his potential fit with the Milwaukee Bucks.