Kyle O’Quinn has worked his way as the go-to backup center for head coach Jeff Hornacek and the New York Knicks. Due to his superb consistency, rumor has it that O’Quinn is up for another contract.
O’Quinn has played for 75 games, eight of which are part of the starting line up. Per 36 minutes, O’Quinn is logging in 14.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.6 blocks per game.
Due to back and wrist injuries to starting center Enes Kanter, O’Quinn has received a lot more playing time. It was an opportunity that O’Quinn took advantage. He’s expected to opt out of his $4.25 player option this summer and receive a whole lot more from other teams.
Yet the Knicks, at least from the words of head coach Jeff Hornacek, seem to like O’Quinn’s talents. They will most likely re-sign the 29-year-old.
As reported by Ian Begley of ESPN, Hornacek praised O’Quinn’s consistency and his passing:
“We love his passing. I think his consistency this year has been probably greater than it ever has been in his career,” Hornacek said of O’Quinn. “That’s one thing that we were kind of striving for with him. Again he came in the beginning of the year and he wanted to earn those minutes and he took them. I think he’s had a great year.”
There’s no assurance as to where O’Quinn will land this summer. However, he shared earlier that he wants to stay in New York, as per Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“Being next to my mom, my family is the best. I can’t put no measure on that. But the reality is you couldn’t tell me I wouldn’t be in Orlando my whole career when they drafted me. Anything can happen. I’m open to anything — just like the trade deadline. I would love to be here the rest of my career.”