Daniel Orton has gone from a three-time state champion at Bishop McGuinness to a Jordan All-American to a role player off the bench for top-ranked Kentucky to a potential NBA lottery pick. During the month of June, he has agreed to do a journal for the Oklahoman. During the second edition of Daniel Orton's NBA Draft Journal, the former McGuinness star talks about his workout with the Oklahoma City Thunder, concerns about his knee and how last year's No. 1 pick Blake Griffin compares to this year's No. 1 pick John Wall. I thought my Thunder workout went well. I shot the ball well. Didn't perform my best in the one-on-one session but passed well in two-on-two and really enjoyed myself being around the Thunder staff. There are rumors that the Thunder have promised me something and they haven't. I discontinued my workouts for other reasons. I have to say though, the Thunder staff is a very positive and energetic staff; they were fun to be around and interesting to talk to. I want to thank them for everything, especially my experience with them here in Oklahoma. As far as questions about my knee, my knee has been X-rayed, MRI-ed and everything checked out perfectly fine. I would love to go to the Thunder at 21 but I don't at all think I'll be around. I know other teams that have very high interest in me also. You can tell a team is really interested when they interview you more in-depth. You have to fill out more forms. They'll keep you longer on your visits or ask you to come back. The toughest competition I've had during workouts is probably Larry Sanders. He's such a great defender. Long, very athletic, great timing on his blocks and a hard worker. During the draft process I have talked to all my Kentucky teammates, Xavier Henry, Ekpe Udoh, Dexter Pittman, Hassan Whiteside, Cole Aldrich, Avery Bradley and quite a few other people. We all usually talk and discuss past workouts. As soon as I started playing I believed that I could realize my dream of playing in the NBA. Kentucky practices were the most competitive practices that I have ever been a part of. It was so much fun and a joy really. We all got after each other. My first year in the NBA I expect to provide great one-on-one and team defense. Plus energy off the bench! By year five I want to provide defense and offense. I am going to work to be the total package If a team takes me and wants to put me in the D-League, I understand that it's a process and if they plan to do that, I know they know what they're doing and I'll just work with them on it. Having played on the same team as Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins, I've gone against them in practice. Blake is quicker than DeMarcus and more athletic. And that's what really makes him the tougher matchup. Blake and John Wall both have a focus that's on another level. Both extreme competitors, they both have really good sense of humor. They're great people and are fun to be around.