When the curtain rose on Wednesday for the portion of Sixers practice open to the media center Daniel Orton was seen walking through plays. The Sixers signed Orton the 29th overall pick by Orlando in the 2010 draft to a contract and waived Tim Ohlbrecht. Orton 23 was waived by Oklahoma City last week. Orton 23 has played in just 29 NBA games the Magic and Thunder. He averaged 12.5 points 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game last season for the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League. With the Sixers getting outrebounded by 23 in Monday’s blowout loss to the Nets and the team’s depth in the post depleted by injury Orton was a sight for sore eyes. “He is a big man that is mobile” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. “It is obvious that we need some height and some bulk that he provides. It is just a matter of time before we learn where we can slot him in.” The Sixers play the Bobcats on Thursday at 11a.m in Charlotte. With little knowledge of the Sixers’ system Orton will still see playing time. “Twelve hours after the Thunder released me I started talking to a couple teams” Orton said. “From watching games and seeing practice we have a lot of young guys learning. Hopefully by the middle of the season we can pick it up a little bit.
Daniel Orton brings much-needed depth to Sixers
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