Cohen's Analysis: Dwight Howard’s first season in Los Angeles has been tremulous and unreliable so far. Andrew Bynum hasn’t played a game because of knee problems and it remains indecisive when he may return. Andre Iguodala has sputtered in Denver and is averaging rather abysmal statistics for his standards.
Is it accurate to insinuate that Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic have been the most “impressive” and “reliable” players from this past summer’s blockbuster trade?
Afflalo, as he showcased during Sunday’s game vs. the Jazz, has an offensive repertoire that is rivaled by very few other shooting guards in the NBA. His mid-range arsenal is tough to stop, he has lethal range from long distance and he runs in transition extremely effectively. And even more imposing is that Afflalo is a Grade A defender.
Vucevic, similarly, has gradually developed a smooth offensive game with a complimentary of methods to score, including a somewhat dependable 15-foot jumper and an assemblage of moves in the paint. He also is an above average rebounder. And remember, Vucevic is in just his second year. It's possible we can be talking about a 20 and 10 guy in the next few years.
There was so much criticism and disapproval from the national reviewers following the deal, but unless you decided to take a two-month stay on some other planet, you have to admit that the Magic have won the four-team trade. Not only did they attain some very valuable players, but let's not forget, they also obtained draft picks and a plethora of financial flexibility for the future.