Healthier Arron Afflalo May Have Helped Orlando Magic Win More Games

By John Raffel
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Arron Afflalo‘s season ended too soon for the Orlando Magic. He can’t wait for it to start again.

Afflalo had a season-ending strained hamstring injury in March.

It was his first year from coming over from the Denver Nuggets and the Magic got Afflalo’s best season in his NBA career.

Afflalo had started all 64 games he played in and was averaging 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. His field goal shooting was one of the poorest of his career with 43.9 percent. His free-throw shooting at 85.7 percent was his career best.

He came to Orlando after a strong season with the Nuggets, averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game. The Magic expected plenty from him and got it. Ironically, the Nuggets wound up with a huge season and didn’t miss Afflalo.

Afflalo wasn’t able to help the Magic win a lot of games, although, it was hardly his fault. Without him, their record probably would have have a few less wins. But he might have been able to make the difference in a few more games since his season ended prematurely.

The Magic just need to surround Afflalo with more experienced capable players and within a year or so, perhaps Orlando could go after a playoff spot again. They have found out how much of an impact Dwight Howard‘s departure would have. It hasn’t been easy to overcome Howard’s loss. Afflalo tried to do his part in helping out but needs to pick it up a few notches next year. He could make it a more interesting season in Orlando.

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