The curious saga of Daniel Orton continues. On Monday, the Santa Cruz Warriors, a D-League team in California, announced they are cutting ties with Orton even though Orton was putting up pretty good numbers. Orton started in all 20 games he played for the Warriors, averaging 13.2 points and 5 rebounds in 23.5 minutes; however, he was often in foul trouble, fouling out of seven games and finishing another six games with five fouls. Warriors head coach Casey Hill said Orton’s tendency to be in foul trouble made it tough for the team to develop chemistry on the court.
“It was an organizational decision that we had made,” Hill said. “Nothing against Daniel, it just wasn’t really working out here. And it turned into a decision that we needed to make for the overall culture of the team.”
This is just the latest in a series of rough patches for Orton. Since leaving Kentucky for the draft in 2010, he’s played for three NBA teams and five D-League teams, along with stints overseas in China, the Philippines, and Greece. Several teams have cited a lack of discipline or immaturity as reasons they’ve cut him from their rosters, which is a shame for a player with so much physical promise. Here’s hoping he can turn it around before it’s too late.