Daniel Orton (Kentucky)
6'10, C, 260 lbs, Age: 19
One word describes Orton: POTENTIAL. At Kentucky, Orton was backing up Lottery pick DeMarcus Cousins which left him with little playing time. In his limited minutes, he showed he defensive enforcer like potential using his excellent size as well as flashing a few post moves on offense. However, it was questionable as to why he came out this year when he would have clearly improved his stock for next year.
Offensively, a work-in-progress describes Orton. He gets most of his points on offensive rebounds and set-ups for dunks. He has the physical tools to become a force down low and decent footwork. He showed some promise with the occasional spin move, jump hook, or turn around jumper. Orton has no range away from the basket, so opposing defenses will sag on him if he's ever away from the basket, and while he played rarely, he showed no ability to pass the ball even in his limited minutes.
He's simply a project on the offensive end.
Defensively he shines. Even though slightly undersized height wise, he clearly needs to play center at the next level. He has the strength, body time, and wingspan to do it. He defends the post well and provides good help defense. While Orton was not grabbing every rebound at Kentucky in limited minutes, he did show the ability to be a good rebounder at the next level.
One major weakness on defense will be his inability to guard the pick-and-roll. He does not have the lateral quickness to switch onto a guard at all, and teams will be able to hurt him by bringing him away from the basket. He's also likely to struggle against face up oriented PF/Cs that can play away from the rim and can put the ball on the floor at all.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Orton's game should translate fairly well as an enforcer in the paint defensively. I do question his attitude as it was stated he did not put much work in school and came out while only playing 13 minutes a game for Kentucky. Offensively, while raw, shows some post moves to at least be a threat.
At this point, based on potential, Orton could go anywhere from mid-lottery (picks 7-14) or go all the way until late first round. It will be a couple of years until Orton should be getting regular playing time, but the potential is there.
How does he fit on the Bulls?
Although the Bulls need more size, I don't see how he will fit along with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah on the team as a fast-paced team. He is solid at running, but does not provide much offense right and is limited on setting pick-and-rolls for Rose. The Bulls are treating 2010 as a way to set up their team for championship runs for years to come. Orton is raw right now and Asik is somebody that can present many of the same things Orton does in terms of defense. Although great potential, the Bulls need players that present a skill that they are lacking and on a cheap contract. I do not see Orton filling that need.