Brian Schmitz Magic Insider
8:20 AM EDT, April 26, 2013
Over the next few weeks, Josh Robbins and I evaluate the 2012-13 seasons of each player who finished on the Magic roster.
Our series taking a look at all 14 players begins today:
Position: Shooting guard
2012-13 stats: 36.0 mpg, 43.9 fg%,. 30.0 3p%, 85.7 ft%, 16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg
Background: A six-year pro out of UCLA, Afflalo began his career with the Detroit Pistons and was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2009. Sent to Orlando in a blockbuster trade for Dwight Howard last summer, he turned in a solid season and provided veteran leadership for the rebuilding club. He played in 64 games, starting all 64, averaging career highs in scoring, assists, rebounds and minutes played. He missed the last 10 games with an injury (hamstring).
Strengths: No one can ever doubt Afflalo’s effort level. He’s a classy professional and a dependable scorer, picking up the load whenever Glen Davis was out with an injury. He scored 30 points in each of the Magic’s road wins against the Lakers and Clippers.
Needs to improve: Afflalo shot poorly from the 3-point line. He struggles to finish drives at times and can be prone to turnovers in bunches (he had 11 games with four or more turnovers).
The future: No player can be totally secure in a rebuild. His stay might be determined in June’s draft if the Magic select former Kansas star shooting guard Ben McLemore. Afflalo is making about $7.5 million annually for the next three seasons -- not an unmovable contract.
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