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What Ever Happened to Daniel Orton?


You out there, reader of KSR, have probably seen the ESPN 30 For 30 “One and Not Done” by now. And maybe you, like me, were struck with nostalgia when the documentary recapped the night of the NBA Draft in 2010, when a record 5 Cats were drafted in round 1. Man, most of those guys are doing great, right? You’ve got John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, two of the league’s premier talents, Eric Bledsoe, a breakout star in his own right, plus Pat Patterson making his money up in Toronto. Couldn’t be more proud of these 5… wait.

What ever happened to Daniel Orton?

This was actually my first thought as I watched the documentary’s recap of draft night. At the time, I honestly couldn’t remember the last bit of Daniel Orton news that I had heard. Had it been months, maybe even years? No idea. So, for those of you out there like me who were wondering about big ol’ Daniel, here’s an update for you:

Needless to say, he’s not in the NBA.

After getting released by the Magic in 2012, Orton became a bit of an NBA journeyman, spending 1 year each with the Thunder and the 76ers before getting bumped down to the D-League in 2014. It’s at this point that Orton’s journey gets hard to follow. To summarize, Daniel basically bounced back and forth between pro teams in Asia and multiple D-League squads for a couple of years.

After brief stints in Puerto Rico in 2016 and Greece this year, Orton found himself in Lebanon, where he currently plays for the illustrious Champville Sports Club. Based on his career up to this point, don’t count on him being here for very long.

And there you have it, folks. The latest, and perhaps last, update on the whereabouts of Daniel Orton. While we do wish him the best in his future endeavors, let’s just keep remembering him as the final piece of a legendary night for the UK basketball program.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

19 Comments for What Ever Happened to Daniel Orton?

  1. Cousins Fake Tooth
    11:57 am April 23, 2017 Permalink

    So he doesn’t finish out the season with the teams he is on, just like he didn’t finish up the semester after the season he was at UK ended?

    • Luether
      5:44 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      You got it! Orton’s the classic example of the selfish, entitled, overconfident punk athlete. He deserves exactly what he’s gotten…

    • DelrayCat
      6:08 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      Yes he has…which is to have made about 10 times more money than you in that time frame, as well as, seeing the world and meeting many of its exotic women.

  2. BoogieDMC
    12:21 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

    If would’ve only finished up his classes, BBN would’ve had his back for life.

  3. Saul T. Nuts
    12:23 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

    I know it’s a draft, but if Orton went 29th, then Bam should easily be a top 20 pick..

    • Han
      12:51 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      Depends on the draft, plus Orton was probably overhyped because everyone was Ooohing and Ahhhhing over our first super freshman class, plus he was playing behind Cousins so people maybe thought he had a lot more to show than he got the chance to. Also, even just 8 years ago, the game was a little different in the NBA when it came to drafting big men. Now, more of them are expected to be shooters and more mobile. Orton after his 1 year here would not go 29th now, I think.

  4. UK Maine-iac
    12:35 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

    If I remember correctly Orton seemed to play well with the other superstars, but I kind of wonder if there was a jealousy issue. Gillespie brought him in to be THE man, but when Cal got the super group, he took a backseat. Could just be speculation. Sad to see he didn’t pan out.

    • Han
      12:48 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      IIRC, he had a bit of a big head about it, possibly inflated by his dad, I think. Thought he should’ve played more (and yeah, he was recruited by BCG to be The Man next to PPat, so when Cuz came with Cal, Orton became backup center only getting significant minutes when Cuz had his foul issues). Then I believe he had a knee issue immediately in the NBA, which hurt his chances, though who knows if he had the attitude and work ethic to succeed in the NBA even if healthy.

      Ultimately, he’s one of those guys who Cal might not have recruited (except as a backup option), but since he committed under BCG and was talented, Cal honored the offer. He’s also one of those guys who didn’t succeed and who doesn’t really get mentioned by Cal anymore, which sometimes rubs those guys the wrong way (Lamb notably tweeted one time about not hearing from Cal, compared to Cal going to dinners with the Three Amigos; we don’t hear about Teague much anymore; even Miller doesn’t get mentioned much other than if his German team wins a title, like it did. Miller graduated with a title, so he’s a wildly different case from some of the others).

    • UK Maine-iac
      1:09 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      I’d always heard Cal had a strained relationship with Lamb, but it’d be hard for me to imagine Teague and especially Miller having odds with Cal. But you’re right, they don’t get mentioned all that much. TBH I don’t think Randle and Knight get as much recognition as they should.

    • really
      2:59 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      Well to fair to Cal it is hard to keep mentioning the 15 -20 of his guys in the NBA. Also that number will by all estimations continue to grow.

  5. Han
    12:44 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

    Been following UK basketball for long?

    You might remember when he got kicked out of the Philippine Basketball Association in 2015 after mocking their national treasure Pacquiao. That’s the last I remember reading about him, though there could’ve been a more recent update on this site. And it’s entirely possible he’ll get mentioned again on one of the irregular “where are they now” posts that show up on this site from time to time. You sound pretty dismissive of him, and while he got a big head and bailed without finishing his schoolwork, it’s not like he broke laws or cheater while he was here, so let’s not be too mean to him.

    • RexRox
      2:05 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      Victim of his Dad’s expectations, as I remember. Wonder what kind of relationship they have now? He definitely had physical potential but I always wondered about the work ethic.

    • krautdog
      4:46 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      I think you’re right Rex. His father did him more damage than good.

    • [email protected]
      5:49 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      His Dad kinda sounds like Lavar Ball…
      …. just too much…..

  6. SoCalCat
    1:32 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

    By far the most covered non-factor UK player ever by KSR. Can this be the last post about Orton? 🙂

    • CATandMONKEY
      6:50 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

      I would still welcome the occasional show call from fake- Larry Orton.

  7. KTR2786
    8:23 pm April 23, 2017 Permalink

    I remember him getting three blocks in one possession. He definitely had skill and size.

  8. ZCG
    12:31 pm April 24, 2017 Permalink

    He’s only been in 3 games with Champville, but 14ppg, 9rpg, 61% FG, 60% 3P, 78% FT. He has all the talent necessary to play at a high level, but will have some work to do to shed the real and perceived baggage. honestly, the knee issue is probably the biggest hurdle he has to clear.