Kyle O`Quinn hasn't played since the Orlando Magic's season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 28th, in which game he sprained his left ankle after stepping on another player's foot. Nearly a month later, reports Orlando Sentinel scribe Brian Schmitz, O'Quinn is almost ready to return to the lineup: the third-year big man hopes to play Wednesday when the Orlando Magic host the Golden State Warriors at Amway Center, says Schmitz.
O'Quinn started for the Magic on opening night, joining Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris in Orlando's frontcourt. Channing Frye, who missed that game, returned for the Magic's next contest and has started at power forward every night since, averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds.
In his second season, O'Quinn made 69 appearances, including 19 starts. The Norfolk State product averaged 6.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks overall. O'Quinn more than makes up for his average athleticism with solid defensive and passing instincts, making him the rare sort of big man who can board and defend at one end and facilitate on the other.
A fiery competitor, O'Quinn said Thursday he's ready to get back on the floor. "You just wanna be out there," he said. "Whatever the outcome is, you always wanna be a part of it."