Every NBA Draft has its “busts.” Some may not be of epic proportion – such as 2003 second pick Darko Milicic or number one overall Kwame Brown in 2001 – but there are always some prospects that are selected early and never live up to expectations. Hoopsworld believes Daniel Orton could be one of these “busts” as the website lists Orton as one of the five most overhyped players in the 2010 NBA Draft. Orton is joined by Avery Bradley, Cole Aldrich, Hassan Whiteside, and Solomon Alabi on the list.
Here is what HoopsWorld had to say about D.O.:
Daniel Orton, Center (Kentucky) — Stuck behind two of the nation’s best big men in Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins, Orton played a very limited role as a freshman at Kentucky. During his spot minutes he showed some very intriguing skills that led many to believe if he played elsewhere he’s put up far bigger numbers than the three points and three rebounds he averaged at UK.
Orton’s trip to Chicago was quite revealing though, and not in a very good way for him. He measured in shorter than expected at 6’9.5 in shoes and was below average athletically with just a 24″ vertical leap. It’s Orton’s injury history that is most alarming though.
In his final two years of high school Orton had two separate and serious ligament issues in the same knee and also broke his wrist. It’s a little troublesome that the only time in the last three years he’s gone injury free is when he was playing just 13 minutes a night this past season. Orton’s a risky investment for a first-round pick due to being unproven and potentially unreliable.
As a biased Kentucky fan, I hope to see Daniel succeed and I believe that he will. Daniel has been given a hard time since leaving Kentucky but we want nothing but the best for him in the future. Hoopsworld does point out some pretty big flaws here: the combine measurements (I was shocked by those), “unproven,” and the injury history, but Daniel still has tremendous upside and potential. Hopefully, he will find himself in the right situation where he can develop his game and become a longtime starter in the NBA.
[NBA Draft: Five Most Overhyped] (via Alan Cutler and his mustache)