Sixers sign free-agent center

The team signed free agent center Daniel Orton yesterday and released center Tim Ohlbrecht. The 6-10, 255-pound Orton, 23, spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and spent time with Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate Tulsa 66ers. In 29 games he averaged 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and shot 53.4 percent from the floor. Orton played a season at Kentucky before declaring for the 2010 draft. He was selected 29th overall by the Orlando Magic.

He played 16 games, including two starts, for Orlando in 2011-12 and averaged 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11.7 minutes. Last season for the Thunder Orton played 13 games and averaged 2.5 points and two rebounds in 8 minutes. Orton has very good hands and possesses a very good touch around the rim and is a tough, very good athlete. His offensive game still needs improvement and his perimeter defense is suspect, according to a scouting report.

With so many big men down, Orton continues the Sixers search for someone who can fill some minutes in the post off the bench.


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