Afflalo, who turns 28 years old next week, has taken to the approach of being more efficient and staying within himself more during training camp. Head coach Jacque Vaughn continues to rave about the six-year veteran’s professionalism and playmaking during the Magic’s scrimmage work so far. Vaughn rarely likes to single players out, but he’s been effusive in how effective Afflalo has been thus far.

``He’s probably been one of our better players during training camp,’’ Vaughn raved. ``Just his effort level and he’s been very efficient. He’s keeping the game simple and he understands it better now and that will benefit our team.’’

After spending the first five years of his career with the Pistons and Nuggets, Afflalo welcomed the trade that brought him to Orlando in August of 2012. He hit training camp last August with hopes of finally morphing into the player who could be considered a cornerstone piece for a franchise. Afflalo even talked openly about playing his way into the conversation of being among the other elite shooting guards in the NBA.