Arron Afflalo’s emergence among surprises in early season

The Magic have been a decent surprise this season coming in at 4-6 through 10 games. That is about as good as many fans could have expected early in the season. It is hard to complain.

The only complaint that could be made is the team opting to sit Jameer Nelson in yesterday's loss to the Mavericks in favor of a struggling Victor Oladipo down the stretch. And the slow way the Magic are bringing along the injured Tobias Harris and Glen Davis.

That has opened doors for others, so to speak.

Arron Afflalo is certainly one of those as he continued his torrid offensive pace in the early part of the season. He is one of the surprises from the early season with the Magic.

I joined Jake Smith and Scott Fisher of Orlando Magic Stuff to discuss some early season storylines on the Magic. I picked my biggest surprise as Arron Afflalo:

Arron Afflalo has been my most surprising player. Coming into this year, we kind of expected him to follow the same road he took last year. Being force to play a lot of hero ball meaning a lot of inefficient shots and inefficient playmaking. But Afflalo's vow to come back ready to play and be an efficient leader on the floor has come true (so far). He is taking better shots — and making them — and is dishing the ball at a really high rate. Afflalo has developed into a strong leader in the locker room and is really leading on the floor. I have been really impressed with how he has rounded out his game this year so far.

We also discussed whether Arron Afflalo would get traded and what early season trend will prove to be a fluke.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily