Daniel Orton Assigned to NBA Developmental League
The Orlando Magic have assigned center Daniel Orton to the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today. This comes as no surprise, as I correctly predicted that this would happen earlier in the season. Orton has been working extremely hard to get into shape and finally started running full court drills with the team recently, but he was never going to see action on the court. Even mop-up duty wasn’t going to come Orton’s way (Ryan Anderson and Malik Allen in front of him). When you bump into Orton in the locker room, he looks 100 times better physically than he did during the Orlando Pro Summer League and is even carrying himself with more confidence. There is no telling how long the trip to Albuquerque will be for Orton, but it will hopefully finally give him the playing time that he so desperately needs in order to develop. Stay tuned.