Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Stan Van Gundy was always reluctant to hand over major minutes to rookies, and Jacque Vaughn seems to also believe in this section of the old Magic coach's philosophy.
Andrew Nicholson, Maurice Harkless, Kyle O'Quinn and DeQuan Jones have all been used sparingly, only really seeing time once the game's outcome is determined.
Nonetheless, let's take a look at how these players have performed thus far.
Out of all four rookies, Nicholson has received the most most minutes in the regular rotation. Due to the absence of Al Harrington and the struggles of Glen Davis, Vaughn has inconsistently decided to play their 19th overall pick.
While he is only seeing about 10 minutes of playing time per night, he has been effective with the limited court action. Six points and two boards per game in that same time is not bad for a first year player.
Harkless, who was drafted by the 76ers with the 15th overall selection, is only 19 yearsold and quite raw, but he has played exceptional despite missing all of preseason with a sports hernia injury.
The 6'8" athletic small forward plays smooth and loose on the court, already making his presence known by swatting two shots and pickpocketing one player per contest. This is pretty impressive for a teenager.
The reason DeQuan Jones even made the roster was how he produced so well during the preseason games. Well, that trend has failed to carry over so far.
While a groin injury has sidelined him as of late, the former Miami star has struggled adapting to the real NBA game.
It's a shame the Orlando Magic already have a solid big man rotation, as O'Quinn has the ability to make a solid impact for an organization right now. His large frame coupled with his fantastic work ethic will allow him to succeed in this league in the present and the future.
O'Quinn, in limited minutes, has proved he belongs in the league, but it is too soon to tell if he will fade out like Daniel Orton due to lack of minutes.