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Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: Kyle O’Quinn

Info

  • Measurables: 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, senior C from Norfolk State
  • Key Stats: 15.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks per game, 57 percent from the field
  • Projected: Late first/early second round
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Why I’m intrigued by this guy

A big man who is tough, blocks shots, can sing and has an outside shot at being available early in the second round? Yeah, that’ll work.

Pros for the Pistons

Defensively, O’Quinn is a fantastic shot-blocker and won his league’s defensive player of the year award. Offensively, he’s a fantastic finisher and he has range on his jumper. Basically, he fits the exact bill of what the Pistons need. The downside is O’Quinn went from being a sleeper and potential steal in the second round to a guy who had a fantastic tournament run and has been great in pre-draft workouts, so the likelihood that he could surge into the late first round is growing.

Cons for the Pistons

O’Quinn’s offense will probably take some time to develop and the aggressive, relentless way that he plays will probably mean he’ll be foul-prone in the NBA. The Pistons are likely not looking for anyone they take in the second round to do more than play a reliable role, though, so those things definitely don’t out-weight O’Quinn’s many pluses. As I said above, though, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Pistons won’t be in a position to draft him. Also, as all Mid-Major players do, O’Quinn will face questions about how he will react to facing much bigger, tougher competition on a game-to-game basis once he gets to the NBA.

What others are saying

Chad Ford:

O’Quinn has the most buzz right now. He’s coming off a terrific performance in the NCAA tournament, impressed scouts at Portsmouth and the Nets’ group workout, measuring a whopping 7-foot-4 wingspan at the latter event. For teams that need bigs who can contribute off the bench, he’s a very intriguing prospect.

DraftExpress:

On the offensive end, O’Quinn finished consistently, but still needs to improve his polish as a post scorer and jump shooter. The center also impressed with his passing ability, seeing holes in the defense and using his high basketball IQ to find an angle to get the ball to open cutters. Though O’Quinn has been at no loss for exposure after Norfolk State’s upset of Missouri, there were some question marks about how his production might translate against similarly sized opponents in the NBA. He did an outstanding job putting those to rest, as it was clear that he’s one of the best players in the tournament from the moment he stepped on the floor.

Detroit Bad Boys:

So why Kyle O’Quinn? Well what first struck me was his overall frame, but what sealed the deal was his ability to wear his emotions on his sleeve…something the Pistons have missed out on since Roscoe was around.

Previously

12 Comments

  • Jun 13, 20122:43 pm
    by Zach

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    I’ll always remember O’Quinn’s huge smile and winning personality in the post-Missouri interview. He seems like a big, joyful kid who would bring some enthusiasm to the Pistons. In a perfect world, someone like Harrison Barnes will drop to us at #9, and a big man like Festus Ezeli or O’Quinn will be available at #39. But we may have to grab Henson or Zeller in the first round, and just see who’s available for our second round picks.

  • Jun 13, 20124:25 pm
    by vic

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    gotta get Oquinn, especially if we don’t get Leonard or Drummond in round 1.

    If we do get a center in round 1, i’d prefer to get Machado with the 1st 2nd round pick, and Oquinn with the 2nd 2nd round pick.

  • Jun 13, 20124:26 pm
    by Mark

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    “Defensively, O’Quinn is a fantastic shot-blocker and won his league’s defensive player of the year award. Offensively, he’s a fantastic finisher and he has range on his jumper. Basically, he fits the exact bill of what the Pistons need. The downside is O’Quinn went from being a sleeper and potential steal in the second round to a guy who had a fantastic tournament run and has been great in pre-draft workouts, so the likelihood that he could surge into the late first round is growing.”

    I don’t get this line of thinking. You say he sounds like exactly what the Pistons need, but then say too bad we likely won’t have a chance to draft him because he could go late first. Hello? We do have a pick at 9, ya know.

    Why is it “OK” if the Pistons took Moultrie at 9, but “reaching” if they took O’Quinn? What’s the difference between O’Quinn and Moultrie? 

    To me, they are both the same. Same size, same stats, both from small schools, etc. But O’Quinn blocks 3 shots/gm and could be a defensive force. Sounds like a bunch of politics BS to me.

    • Jun 13, 20124:49 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      A couple of points: I never said I would take Moultrie at nine, either. I think he’d be a reach that high.

      Also, they aren’t both from small schools. Moultrie played at Mississippi State. Not exactly a basketball powerhouse, but they are a high major, they are in the SEC and he played against guys like Anthony Davis, for example, this season. O’Quinn faced nowhere near the competition level Moultrie did. Not saying that necessarily means one is better than the other, but they did face far different competition.

      I like O’Quinn. I still wouldn’t take him at nine. Yes, he has everything the Pistons need, he seems to work hard, he’s tough but his skillset and upside don’t make him near the 9th best prospect in this draft. He projects as possibly a rotation player if he continues to work hard and improve. There are much better prospects who will be available at nine than O’Quinn or Moultrie, for that matter.

  • Jun 13, 20124:33 pm
    by Mark

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    He reminds me of Kendrick Perkins. I’d trade this 9th pick for young Perkins in an instant. I’m not in love with any of these prospects at 9, so would have no problem gambling on a big and taking them higher than projected – if thats the only chance you have to get him.

  • Jun 13, 20125:18 pm
    by RussellC

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    Trade down and get both Boston picks. I would go for O’Quinn and Royce White/Moe Harkless/Andrew Nicholson/or Fab Melo with number 21 and 22.

  • Jun 13, 20126:04 pm
    by John

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    Anyone an Espn insider? Who goes #2 and 9?

    • Jun 13, 20127:11 pm
      by sop

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      In Chad Ford’s latest Mock (#7) he has Robinson at 2 and Henson still at 9 but says there’s also a chance it could be Leonard. Pistons have that big workout on the 25th and I don’t think anyone will have a good idea until that’s over.

  • Jun 13, 20129:07 pm
    by John

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    Thanks.

  • Jun 14, 20129:12 am
    by DG

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    Unfortunately I think you’re right, in that he won’t be around for the Pistons to draft in the second round.  I think he’s exactly the type of player to take a risk on in this draft.  Maybe they can combine their second round picks into a get a late first round pick.  It sounds like they don’t want to keep three rookies with Singler coming over anyways.  I think trading back up to get O’Quinn could be a better option than stashing lesser talent/measurables over in Europe for a year or two.  That’s even if they get a big with their first pick.  Melo and Ezeli could also be options, but there’s just something about this kid that says “yes” to me.  But that’s purely an intuition.  I do think he has a great attitude that could be contagious.

  • Jun 14, 201210:55 am
    by Tom Y.

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    He sounds like a good option, but does have some drawbacks, especially being a little slow on his feet, which along with his aggressiveness mentioned in the article could lead to a lot of fouls. Monroe is a pretty slow on his feet as well so that’s not a great defensive combination. He’s still one of my favorites in the 2nd round though.
    The good thing is there’s a pretty big group of promising players going late 1t/early 2nd, including Crowder, Draymond Green, O’Quinn, Andrew Nicholson, Drew Gordon, Festus Ezeli, Fab Melo and Scott Machado. We’re almost sure to be in position to get at least one, maybe two of the group. Though to have the best selection I like the idea of trading for Boston’s picks. And also bundling our 2 2nd rounders for a late 1st.

  • Jun 14, 201211:46 am
    by John

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    we need to get what looks to be the no 1 overall pick from a team next season and take Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Muhammad, Muhammad beind the replacement of Tayshaun Prince.

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