Player Capsules: Arron Afflalo
By John Denton
April 25, 2013
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic’s run of six straight seasons in the playoffs is over, ending the Eastern Conference’s longest such streak. But not all is lost for a Magic franchise with a bright future.
The Magic have a history of success that says that the franchise will soon be back in the NBA’s postseason. In the past 20 years, the Magic have made the playoffs 14 times – the fifth most times of any NBA franchise. And since the 1992-93 season, Orlando has had a .500-or-better record 16 times – also the fourth-best mark in the NBA over that time frame.
There are plenty of positives to come out of the 2012-13 season as the Magic have established a core of promising young players and they have a base of veterans expected to return next season.
Orlando also has secured the best odds at getting the top overall pick in the June 27 NBA Draft. The draft order will be determined in the May 21 NBA lottery, a process in which the Magic have a 25 percent chance of winning. The Magic have won the NBA’s top overall pick three times, and the last time they were in this situation they won the top pick and used it to select Dwight Howard in 2004.
Looking back on the 2012-13 season, we here at orlandomagic.com are going to spend the next two weeks breaking down each of the players currently on the roster. We’ll look at their stats, highs and lows from the season, a favorite moment and analyze their role for the future.
So without further ado, here is today’s Magic player capsule:
NAME: Arron Afflalo
JERSEY NUMBER: 4
HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-5, 215
POSITION: Shooting guard
NBA SEASONS: 6
2012-13 SEASON STATS: 64 games, 16.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 3.2 apg., 43.9 percent FG, 30 percent 3-pt FG, 85.7 percent FT.
2012-13 SEASON HIGHS: 30 points (twice – latest Jan. 12 vs. Clippers); 7 rebounds (five times – latest Feb. 27 vs. Kings); 7 assists (five times – latest Feb. 26 vs. Sixers); 2 steals (eight times – latest March 6 vs. Heat); 2 blocks (two times – latest Feb. 22 vs. Grizzlies); 47 minutes (Jan. 7 vs. Blazers).
BEST MOMENT: Afflalo actually had two best moments and both came in big wins in his hometown of Los Angeles. On Dec. 2 against the Lakers, Afflalo pumped in 30 points and effectively outplayed Kobe Bryant. That night, he made 11 of 18 shots, hit four 3-pointers and all four of his free throws and added five rebounds and five assists in arguably the Magic’s biggest victory of the season. Then, on Jan. 12, Afflalo scored another 30 points as Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to topple the Clippers. He made 10 of 19 shots, three 3-pointers and was seven of eight from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds and seven assists in his finest all-around game of the season.
OF NOTE: Afflalo brought some consistency and veteran leadership to the Magic this season after being acquired in a trade in August. He scored in double digits in 55 of his 64 games and had at least 20 points 19 times. In addition to leading the Magic in scoring 24 times, Afflalo ranked 14th in the NBA in free throw percentage (85.7 percent) and 22nd in minutes played (36.0 mpg.).
FUTURE ROLE WITH THE MAGIC: Quite possibly no one in the Magic locker room cares more about the success of the team and the quality of his play more than Afflalo. He had a solid season in Orlando, boosting his scoring average for a sixth straight NBA season. He did struggle some in late-game situations and said he plans to spend the summer working to improve his ball-handling and ability to knock down shots in one-on-one situations. That work will come after Afflalo is cleared to return to the court after tearing his right hamstring with three weeks left in the regular season. For now, he is scheduled to return to jogging by early May and basketball drills by June. Afflalo’s talent on the court and calming presence in the locker room will likely keep him around Orlando for several years to come. His guidance and encouragement are two big reasons why rookie forward Maurice Harkless made major strides in the second half of the season.
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