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Santa Cruz Warriors part ways with Daniel Orton

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.

[Santa Cruz Sentinel]

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9 Comments for Santa Cruz Warriors part ways with Daniel Orton



  1. gbooner
    6:37 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    Eh, may be too late already.



  2. DelrayCat
    7:06 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    Orton is a total knucklehead.
    But the reality is that he has also made more money (and seen more cool places) in the last 6 years than 99%+ of all Kentucky Fans.



    • WildcatSteeler
      8:02 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      And none of it made the slightest impact it seems.

    • Look how much Antoine Walker made, and how much of it he still has. Maybe Orton has been careful with his money, but considering his history I would doubt it. These guys should all take a Dave Ramsey course in personal finance.



  3. dtuck
    7:29 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    I heard the coach told him, “Daniel, stay out of trouble.” To which Orton responded, “I can’t MFer!” Fake Larry Orton was quoted as saying, “He’s a good keeeeed.” Maybe Santa Cruz is making him an escape goat?



  4. dean winchester
    7:32 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    So much talent…..such a waste



  5. WildcatSteeler
    8:03 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    It’s already too late.



  6. Long Dong Silver
    8:03 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    Hope he’s been smart with his money. The future isn’t going to be kind to Daniel.



  7. jr1122
    11:52 am January 21, 2016 Permalink

    This is what I see in the article
    “organizational decision”
    “overall culture”
    “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”

    Lets not forget he committed before Cal showed up and was going to have the team built around him. I hate it for him, but hes brought every bad thing upon himself. I hope he gets it together and admits he has screwed up.