By John Denton

For the first five years of his NBA career, Arron Afflalo was always the supplemental piece who either focused solely on defense (as he did in Detroit) or was a relief valve for superstar Carmelo Anthony (as he was in Denver).

A big part of the excitement of coming to Orlando last year for Afflalo centered around him getting the chance at a greater opportunity. As one of the more veteran players on the roster, Afflalo would become the go-to option in the offense and the primary focus late in the shot clock and at the end of games. As the team’s top threat, he would command top billing on the opposing scouting reports and he would be the player to draw the double teams and the man-and-a-half defenses.

As Afflalo found out last season, that role can be a very taxing and daunting one.

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