ESPN’s Draft Insider Chad Ford did a chat today and was asked about the draft prospects of Daniel Orton. Here is what he said:
Drew (Wichita, KS)
Looks like Orton is in the draft for good…What do you think is the eariliest he could go in the draft? Is it possible 5 Wildcats go in the lottery?
Chad Ford (1:38 PM)
Yes. It’s possible. I’ve been writing for weeks that NBA GMs are very high on Orton. I wrote today in the draft blog that the Thunder (who have 2 first round picks) are his floor. They’d take him with one of their picks. But they’re drafting in the early 20s. He could go a lot higher than that. Top 10 isn’t out of the question. Crazy for a guy who averaged 3 ppg. But you know how gaga NBA GMs get over size.
Pretty amazing. If Ford’s analysis is true and Orton’s hometown team would not let him slip, then Daniel will have made the right choice.