When the Orlando Magic kicked off their campaign for the 2013-14 NBA season, all eyes were on rookie and second-overall pick Victor Oladipo. Coming off of the bench, Oladipo has been solid, but has definitely looked like a rookie as well. Meanwhile the spotlight in Orlando has shifted to the early season success of another backcourt player, veteran Arron Afflalo.
Afflalo started off the season with a bit of a dud on Oct. 29 against the Indiana Pacers, posting just nine points, three boards and one assist on 3-14 shooting. However, he’s certainly picked up his performance since then and has been a huge factor in the Magic’s relatively surprising 2-2 start to this season.
In the three games since his paltry opening night showing, Afflalo has averaged 24.7 points, 5.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 26-50 from the floor and a fantastic 10-15 from beyond-the-arc. Afflalo has been contributing all over the floor for Orlando and has easily been their most reliable offensive option as he’s showcased his versatile offensive game.
However, Afflalo’s hot start to this season seems to more or less mean that it’s even more likely that he will not be with the Magic when the season ends. There was talk coming into the year that the Magic could deal the six-year guard at some point this season, but with his performance early on there are more than likely going to be more teams looking to buy on Afflalo than there might have otherwise been.
Obviously it has only been four games and Afflalo could see a decline, but I wouldn’t expect that much of a decline in anything except his three-point percentage which sits at 55 percent right now. Afflalo has the talent to produce at a solid level and is on a team where he is responsible for a great deal of production. The Magic are going to keep asking him to put up numbers for the sake of their cause, whether that is to get wins or to boost the veteran’s trade value.