10 big men Rockets GM Rafael Stone should pursue
Houston Rockets target #2: Kyle O’Quinn
After eight seasons with four different teams, it’s safe to say that Kyle O’Quinn has proven his value in the NBA. The 6-foot-9 big man holds career averages of 13.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes.
O’Quinn posted a player efficiency rating of 18.6 in 2019-20, which was an improvement over his 2018-19 PER of 16.8, and is further proof of what he can still bring to the table. O’Quinn had two games last season in which he played in at least 27 minutes, and posted a double-double in each contest.
The 30-year-old big man nabbed 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 blocks vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, while also making 50 percent of his shots in the December 7th contest. O’Quinn also nearly had a triple-double in Philadelphia’s game against the Phoenix Suns in the bubble, scoring 9 points, whole also dishing out a career-best 11 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds.
O’Quinn has left his mark on his former teammates, as evidenced by Tobias Harris clamoring for him to be signed to a roster this season.
O’Quinn’s veteran presence could be beneficial to both Rockets rookie head coach Stephen Silas and Rockets center Christian Wood, who is only in his fifth season in the league.
As O’Quinn is entering his ninth season in the league, his veterans-minimum salary would be just $2.3 million, which would be a price worth paying for Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta.
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