“Afflalo has gotten better every year he’s been in the league, and this year was no exception. He averaged a career-high 18.2 points (45.9 field goal percentage, 42.7 percent from three) to go along with 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35 minutes per game. His continued improvement and ability to score more with less shots as well as facilitate the growth of his younger teammates means he’s likely a part of the upstart Magic’s future, though it’s possible he could be shipped with their depth and youth at the wing positions. Still, I think they value the culture that is in place with Afflalo and Oladipo, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Magic have turned down plenty of offers for Afflalo. While the Magic had a rough year, they’re a young team and they also dealt with injuries to Nik Vucevic and Tobias Harris. The versatile Harris missed time early in the season after finishing the 2012-13 season on fire after being acquired from Milwaukee, but really came along this year and could’ve easily had a spot on this team. The upside to their injury woes and youth is that they’ll have a top pick in the draft.”
Certainly, Arron Afflalo’s strong season was a bit of a surprise despite his general upward trend in the counting stats. No one saw him flirt with an All-Star appearance and put up the kind of numbers he did while playing a bit out of his role. He showed a lot of improvement as a primary scorer after struggling with his efficiency in his first year with the Magic.
Afflalo still appears to be a part of the team’s future despite the trade rumors that are beginning to surround him again.