Daniel Orton Makes NBA Debut Almost 2 Years After Being Drafted

daniel ortonIts’s been a long road for former Kentucky Center Daniel Orton. Once a developmental prospect for a top 5 squad in the Eastern Conference, Orton’s career derailed about the same time the Magic started to derail and become a bottom feeder in the East.

Orton was left on the bench, assigned to NBA Developmental League, then was injured on his road towards getting minutes in the league. Thankfully all that is over as he finally got some burn in probably the Magic’s worst game of the season so far:

The Orlando Magic drafted Daniel Orton on June 24, 2010, with the 29th overall pick of the NBA Draft. 582 days later, the 6-foot-10 center made his big league debut in garbage time of Friday night’s 93-67 loss to the New Orleans Hornets.

Orton, a project pick and one of five Kentucky players selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, sank two free-throws in his three minutes and nine seconds off the bench for the Magic in Friday’s blowout loss.

Source: Pro Basketball Talk

Orton has some skill and it would not surprise me to see him go to a different squad next year and flourish. We’ll keep an eye out for him.


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