There are several players that don’t have great futures or none at all with the Philadelphia 76ers, Kyle O’Quinn is certainly one of those players.
After being a regular starter for the New York Knicks two seasons ago, Kyle O’Quinn has had a rough go of it, especially with the Philadelphia 76ers this year. It’s safe to say that O’Quinn’s future in Philadelphia moving beyond this season probably won’t be as one the franchise’s players.
While I’ve written about other players’ futures with the franchise, the future of O’Quinn appears to be written on the wall. He lost his third-string center role to Norvel Pelle for most of the season. He also wanted to be waived after the traded deadline (per Keith Pompey of Philly.com) and I advocated for the Sixers to buyout the center. He also was on my list of three players unlikely to return next season.
It wasn’t even that O’Quinn wasn’t productive during his time. In 9.9 minutes per game, O’Quinn averaged 3.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals, while shooting 48.6 percent shooting from the field.
Yet for some reason, head coach Brett Brown had the veteran warming the bench for the majority of the season. O’Quinn is a quality backup center and is a replacement-level starting center. He deserves another opportunity to get quality minutes while still in his prime and it appears he won’t get that chance in Philly.
There should be several teams calling his agent whenever free agency begins this offseason. Hopefully, whichever teams contact him, they will be able to give him real minutes moving forward.
Quinn’s future in The City of Brotherly Love will most likely be as an opponent of the Philadelphia 76ers.