Cohen’s Analysis: It was assumed that Arron Afflalo had maxed out on his potential during his first season in Orlando after coming over in the Dwight Howard trade. Remember, he was a 27th overall draft pick with expectations to exclusively be a roasting defender and a reliable spot-up shooter.
But unlike a lot of players who eventually settle into a defined role, Afflalo chose to expand his game and accept more responsibility. As a result, we have witnessed an astonishing upgrade in Afflalo’s efficiency, repertoire and confidence this season. It’s not unimaginable for the 28-year-old to be a first-time All-Star this year and a leading candidate for the league’s Most Improved Player Award.
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