Asked Wednesday if any players had managed to distinguish themselves after just three training camp practices, Nate McMillan brought up newcomer Kyle O’Quinn.
O’Quinn, 27 and a six-year NBA veteran, averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for New York last season. He’s expected to fill the role Al Jefferson held last season as the third center behind Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, although if those two wind up playing together more often O’Quinn’s opportunities could increase.
McMillan called him “a solid veteran, a physical presence,” and one who’s “all about business.”
McMillan later offered praise for Ike Anigbogu and Edmond Sumner, both second-round draft picks in 2017 who sat out most of last season while rehabbing injuries. Anigbogu played in 11 games for the Pacers and 20 games for their G League affiliate in Fort Wayne last season. Sumner played in just one game for the Pacers – their season finale, a two-minute appearance against Charlotte – and in 14 games for the Mad Ants.
Both are healthy now, but are likely to spend most of the season in Fort Wayne to continue their development.
“Those two guys have had really good summers,” McMillan said. “These first three practices, they’ve had good days. It’s good to see them out on the floor.