Daniel Orton Selected by the Orlando Magic With the 29th Pick in the 2010 NBA Draft | Magic Basketball

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Daniel Orton Selected by the Orlando Magic With the 29th Pick in the 2010 NBA Draft

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With the No. 29 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic selected 6’10” center Daniel Orton from the University of Kentucky. Assuming the Magic intend on keeping Orton instead of trading him to another team (which seems to be the trend in tonight’s draft), he is expected to compete for minutes with Marcin Gortat at back-up center behind Dwight Howard. Or perhaps Orton could be Gortat’s replacement … that’s a distinct possibility, too.

11 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@lefty

Not necessarily.

@Eric

Fortunately for Orton, the Magic have an infrastructure in place that can help him succeed -- from the coaches, to the players, etc.

@Billy (slickw143)

Like Otis Smith before and after the draft, he went with the best player available and that's why Orton is with the Magic.

@Jeff

Big point guards are overrated. When's the last time a "big" point guard succeeded in the NBA? It's been a while. Smith did the right thing ... he got the best player available and an asset. The Magic can easily address the point guard situation in free agency. That's not an issue.

@Marcus From The 801

Using at Bass as a starter at power forward (where he's undersized) would do nothing to help the Magic get better as a team, especially against a team like the Lakers or whoever else. Bass isn't the answer at the power forward position, despite what irrational fans seem to believe. Orton at PF? Not happening. Letting Anderson go? DEFINITELY not happening, unless the Magic package him in a deal to land a superstar. Besides, Anderson is a 21 year old "stretch four" that has yet to fully tap into his potential, yet had a very good season with the Magic and has a bright future in the NBA. No offense, but that's a foolish suggestion.

Marcus From The 801
Marcus From The 801

Hoping they keep gortat and use bass and orton as PF's move lewis down to the three where he was dominating in seattle only problem i see is what to do with barnes, pietrus and anderson.. i personally would let barnes and anderson go

syllio bernard
syllio bernard

the more minute he plays the better he is going to get

syllio bernard
syllio bernard

this is a good pick , we need to get big up front

Jeff
Jeff

We needed a big point guard and we get this guy instead? I dont understand what theyre thinking unless we are going to trade for a guy. I was hoping for Terrico White. We need a tall fast point guard who can rebound and defend to match up with Rondo and maybe even shorter faster 2 guards.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I was wondering before the pick was made what the Magic would do with both Pondexter and Vazquez off the board. I'm pretty neutral.

Eric
Eric

Being a Kentucky fan I watched him play all season long, defensively he is okay but he has ZERO offensive game. He will need a few years to develop before he will be a contributor like Gortat.

lefty
lefty

by the begining of this up coming season gortat will not be there

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Eric

Not necessarily. Tough to gauge an accurate opinion either way.

Eric
Eric

If they keep him this is an awful pick