ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic have selected Kentucky
forward/center Daniel Orton with the 29th pick in the NBA draft.
Orton was the second-to-last player selected in the first round
Thursday night. He was the fifth player selected in the opening
round from the Wildcats, the most ever by any school in the first
The 6-foot-10 forward/center averaged 3.4 points and 3.3
rebounds in about 13 minutes per game in his only season at
Kentucky. Orton gives the Magic another big man behind All-Star
center Dwight Howard, perhaps signaling the team could be ready to
trade backup Marcin Gortat.
The Magic were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals this
season a year after they went to the NBA finals. Orlando also had
the 59th overall pick.