Arron Afflalo has probably not gotten the appreciation from NBA fans that he deserves this season. But as he proved Monday night, Afflalo is a very good professional basketball player who can single-handedly help his team win ballgames.
It came against the Hornets, a 21-40 team, but it came on enemy territory which is always a tough win.
Afflalo had 26 points but netted 17 of those in the second half, and came through in impressive style. He was definitely Mr. Clutch, netting an 11-foot turnaround jumper and three straight free throws to give Orlando the lead for good.
Any win is a good one for a team that is struggling like the Magic, a squad that picked up only its fifth win of calendar year 2013.
Afflalo has to realize that he’s the No. 1 guy for the Magic and he can never afford an off night if his team is to be competitive in any game. Against the Hornets, he put in a solid 40 minutes and shot 10-of-20 from the floor, and had five assists and five rebounds along with 26 points. He’s averaging 17 points, four rebounds and 3.3 assists a game.
He needs to top his scoring average every game to give the Magic a chance to win. If Afflalo can top the 20-point total on a regular basis, Orlando can win more ballgames before this season ends.