January 3, 2014
Philadelphia - Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies, Elliot Williams, Daniel Orton and Lorenzo Brown: Given extended run-outs at the backup guard spots. both Brown and Williams have underwhelmed, shooting 33% and 32% from the field respectively. Davies also has struggled, and Orton has fouled far too much to be reliable, yet both they and Hollis Thompson (who has started for half of the season as a three-and-D specialist) have featured regularly in the rotation. At least two of these players will likely be waived, but certainly no more than three - of the four, only Thompson is the guaranteed survivor.
July 10, 2010
Whatever Daniel Orton becomes, he certainly is not it yet. That is, unless he's destined to be not very good. Orton is drafted on potential and, of course, is only 19. He will only be 23 by the end of his rookie contract. Let's hope he's a rotation player by then.
June 27, 2010
Pick 29: Orlando picks next, and Stu Scott is clearly informed that the pick is ready to be made a full minute before David Stern appears on the podium. This leaves Stu hanging, and he has to think fast to fill the gap, stringing together rambling sentences such as "they're there, they're not quite there, but they're almost there." Fittingly, the Magic then draft someone who is not quite there when they select Daniel Orton, who will mirror Adonal Foyle's production next season. (Foyle, Orlando's 3rd string centre last year, missed the whole campaign with injury.)
It shouldn't be news that the big man that averaged 3/3 almost fell to the second round. He's not bad, but he's not good yet either. The fact that his highlight montage showed a clip of a toe-on-the-line jumpshot is indicative of the point; Orton just doesn't have the body of work behind him. He improved throughout his freshman season, but all he has right now is size and potential. For that reason, on a team on the cusp of the ultimate prize, the pick is a baffling one. Surely Stanley Robinson is a better pick, and a logical and cheap replacement for Matt Barnes?
Daniel Orton's caption states "Must Improve: Conditioning." And points averages. And rebounds averages.