According to multiple sources, the Sixers have signed C Daniel Orton and waived Tim Ohlbrecht.
Orton previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and was drafted in the late first round in 2012 by the Orlando Magic. Orton is a 6-10, 275 lb center, which gives the Sixers a strong player at a position that doesn’t have a lot of strength. Orton has averaged 2.7 PPG and 2.2 RPG during his short career, only averaging 10 minutes a game. Mainly a reserve for his first two years, Orton has only appeared in 29 NBA games.
As you might remember, Tim Ohlbrecht was acquired in the trade that included Royce White. There were reports that the Sixers made the move for Ohlbrecht mainly, so this roster move comes at a surprise. Maybe Royce White is surprising the Sixers?
This is a positive signing for both sides. On a Sixers team void of depth at center, Orton will have an opportunity to earn more minutes and establish himself as a solid NBA player. It will be interesting to see where Orton carves a spot out on a team that has a bunch of stop-gaps at the center position. Could Daniel Orton be the starting center for the Sixers on October 30th? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s anything is up for speculation this season.
Will Daniel Orton be the Sixers starting center?
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