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Daniel Joseph Orton (born August 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for Karesi Spor of the Turkish Basketball First League (TBL). He is a 6-foot 10-inch, 265-pound center who played college basketball for the University of Kentucky.

Daniel Orton
Daniel Orton.jpg
No. 30 – Karesi Spor
Personal information
Born (1990-08-06) August 6, 1990 (age 28)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High schoolBishop McGuinness
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
CollegeKentucky (2009–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2010–present
Career history
20102012Orlando Magic
2010New Mexico Thunderbirds
2012–2013Oklahoma City Thunder
2012–2013Tulsa 66ers
2013–2014Philadelphia 76ers
2014Maine Red Claws
2014–2015Sichuan Blue Whales
2015Purefoods Star Hotshots
2015Grand Rapids Drive
2015–2016Santa Cruz Warriors
2016Leones de Ponce
2016Hunan Yongsheng
2016–2017Mayrouba Club
2017Hi-Tech Bangkok City
2017–2018SeaHorses Mikawa
2018–2019Fubon Braves
2019–presentKaresi Spor


High school careerEdit

Orton played for Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City. Bishop McGuinness won the class 4A state championship Orton's freshman, sophomore, and junior year.[1] During his senior season, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, cutting his final season of high school basketball short. He averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks per game as a junior.

Considered a five-star recruit by, Orton was listed as the No. 4 center and the No. 22 player in the nation in 2009.[2]

He was recruited to the University of Kentucky by Billy Gillispie; however, Gillispie was fired following Orton's senior season. Orton kept his commitment to Kentucky after John Calipari was hired by the university.

College careerEdit

Orton was a reserve on the 2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, where he averaged 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game. On May 8, 2010, Orton hired an agent and declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA draft.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Orton was picked by the Orlando Magic with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. On July 1, 2010, Orton signed his rookie contract with the Magic.[4] On December 1, 2010, it was announced that Orton would be sent to the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League.[5] In his second game for the Thunderbirds, Orton suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Orton made his NBA debut on January 27, 2012, in a Magic loss to the New Orleans Hornets.[6]

On April 15, 2012, in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orton scored a career-high 11 points while also recording 5 steals, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks. In 16 games, he averaged 2.8 points per game. He played his first career playoff game against the Indiana Pacers.

On August 4, 2012, Orton was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder.[7] On October 27, 2012, Orton was released by the Oklahoma City Thunder, after losing out to DeAndre Liggins for the final roster spot during the pre-season.[8] However, he was re-signed by the team on October 31, 2012, after the team had sent center Cole Aldrich to the Houston Rockets in a trade that also involved James Harden.[9] The Thunder assigned Orton to the NBA D-League's Tulsa 66ers[10] several times during the 2012–13 season.[11]

On October 10, 2013, he was waived by the Thunder.[12]

On October 16, 2013, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[13] On November 23, 2013, Orton recorded his first double double with 10 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a 98-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers.[14] On January 7, 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.[15]

On January 22, 2014, the Tulsa 66ers traded Orton's rights to the Maine Red Claws.[16]

In July 2014, he joined the Washington Wizards for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Wizards.[17] However, he was later waived by the Wizards on October 16, 2014.[18] The next day, he signed with Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association.[19] He was later dismissed by Shanxi in favor of Jeremy Tyler.[20] On December 8, 2014, he signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales for the rest of the 2014–15 CBA season.[21] Following the conclusion of CBA regular season, he terminated his contract with the Blue Whales on February 1, 2015.[22]

On February 4, he signed with Purefoods Star Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association.[23] In his first game on February 11, he recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds. After his third game against Kia Carnival, he called Kia player-coach (now Senator) Manny Pacquiao and the game's referees "a joke".[24] He was summoned by PBA commissioner Chito Salud two days after the incident and was fined by the commissioner's office PHP250,000 due to his comments.[25] Subsequently, he was sent home by Purefoods' team governor Rene Pardo on February 21.[26] On March 11, he returned to the D-League, this time joining the Grand Rapids Drive.[27] On March 26, he was waived by the Drive. He appeared in six games for the Drive, averaging 6.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.[28] On March 31, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede, but was deactivated the following day.[29]

On August 20, 2015, Orton signed with AEK Athens.[30] However, he was cut from the team a month later before appearing in a game for them.[31] On November 12, 2015, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors.[32] On January 18, 2016, he was waived by the Warriors.[33]

On May 24, 2016, Orton signed with Hunan Yongsheng of China for the 2016 NBL season.[34]

On April 12, 2019 he has signed with Karesi Spor of the Turkish Basketball First League.[35]

NBA career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

2011–12 Orlando 16 2 11.7 .567 .000 .440 2.4 .3 .5 .6 2.8
2012–13 Oklahoma City 13 0 8.0 .462 .000 .529 2.0 .3 .3 .2 2.5
2013–14 Philadelphia 22 4 11.4 .447 .000 .767 2.8 .7 .3 .7 3.0
Career 51 6 10.6 .485 .000 .597 2.5 .5 .4 .5 2.8


2012 Orlando 4 0 2.3 .000 .000 1.000 .5 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Career 4 0 2.3 .000 .000 1.000 .5 .0 .0 .0 1.0


  1. ^ "State Boys Basketball Champions". OSSAA. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  2. ^ Daniel Orton Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ It's official: Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton will stay in NBA draft
  4. ^ Daniel Orton signs Orlando Magic contract[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Magic assign first-round pick Orton to D-League USA Today, December 1, 2010
  6. ^ New Orleans Hornets 93, Orlando Magic 67
  7. ^ "Thunder Signs Daniel Orton". Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Thunder waive 3, keep Liggins
  9. ^ Thunder re-sign Orton after Harden trade
  10. ^ DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton Assigned to Tulsa 66ers
  11. ^ 2012-13 NBA Assignments Archived March 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "OKC Thunder waive center Daniel Orton". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "Sixers sign Daniel Orton, waive Tim Ohlbrecht". Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  14. ^ Notebook: Pacers 106, 76ers 98
  15. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers waive center Daniel Orton". Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  16. ^ Fab Melo, Daniel Orton Moved in Four-Team Trade Archived October 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Wizards Sign Six for Training Camp
  18. ^ Wizards waive Daniel Orton to trim roster to 17
  19. ^ Daniel Orton signs with Shanxi
  20. ^ Shanxi Zhongyu sign Jeremy Tyler
  21. ^ Daniel Orton signs with Sichuan Blue Whales
  22. ^ The complete list of players available from China
  23. ^ "Daniel Orton signs in the Philippines with Purefoods Star Hotshots". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  24. ^ NBA veteran Daniel Orton goes ballistic, says Manny Pacquiao playing pro hoops 'a joke', Richard Dy,, February 18, 2015
  25. ^ ORTON FINED P250K,, February 20, 2015
  26. ^ Purefoods sends Daniel Orton home, risks playing all-Filipino as Bowles set for measurement, Richard Dy,, February 21, 2015
  27. ^ Daniel Orton Added to Drive's Roster
  28. ^ Grand Rapids Drive Waive Daniel Orton
  29. ^ NBA D-League 2014-15 Transactions Archived June 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ "AEK Athens announces Daniel Orton". August 20, 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  31. ^ AEK Athens reportedly expected to cut Daniel Orton
  32. ^ "Warriors Acquire Elliot Williams and Daniel Orton; Finalize Opening". November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  33. ^ "Warriors Waive Daniel Orton". January 18, 2016. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  34. ^ "Daniel Orton and Justin Tubbs signed with Hunan". May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  35. ^ "Daniel Orton signs with Karesi Spor". April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.

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