Daniel Orton 5th Kentucky Player Drafted In 1st Round

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.

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