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Former McGuinness standout Daniel Orton finally plays at Chesapeake Energy Arena

By John Rohde Published: October 16, 2012

Tuesday was OKC's third preseason game, but Orton's first appearance.

Asked if he learned anything Tuesday that he didn't know before, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said: “It was good to see Daniel in there. He's played well in practice. That's the thing with that last spot. We have guys who are really good players who could be on NBA rosters, but you can't keep 19 guys. I thought he (Orton) has done a good job in practice and it was good to see him get out there and play, and play well.

“Daniel is having a good camp. He has a great feel for the game. He moves the ball well. He seems to be in the right spot. He's a physical defender. I thought he played well tonight. He was able to get around the basket and finish. Nick (Collison) and him made some really good plays to each other.”

Should Orton make the Thunder's final roster, he routinely will be saddled with ticket requests from hometown family and friends.

For Tuesday's game, Orton kept it simple.

“I only gave out two (tickets), both to my grandparents,” Orton explained. “I didn't want to make tickets a priority tonight and let that be a distraction. I told everybody, ‘Just two for my grandparents.' I think everybody was pretty cool with that and they understood.”


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