``It was a combination of (factors),’’ Afflalo said after spending an offseason reflecting on the highs and lows of last season. ``I took a lot of tough shots last year. I had been used to playing with a lot of other great players, so I had been used to getting a lot of open looks. This year, I don’t know if my shot openness is going to change too much, but it’s about picking the best shots to be effective.’’

Vaughn said he’s seen the scenario numerous times when a player tries to grow his game to another level only to initially struggle. He said he is confident that Afflalo can get back to being a more efficient player this season because of his basketball smarts, work ethic and understanding of his role in the Magic offense.

``It’s a tough thing to do in this league, to be the focus of every defense every single night. I think it was a great challenge for Arron at this stage in his career,’’ Vaughn said. ``You really get the chance to understand what you’re good at, what you need to improve upon and how difficult it is to bear that challenge every night.’’