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Arron Afflalo is an All-Star. Admittedly, a large percentage of his All-Star credentials is due to the watered-down nature of the Eastern Conference this year. It’s a well-worn, beaten down, deceased horse of a topic at this point.
It’s also inextricably linked to the candidacy of anyone not named LeBron James. Competition across the board in the East is as far removed from fierce as possible, and either as a symptom or the cause of the devastatingly poor play, potential All-Stars are few and far between.
Yet regardless of the performances of his peers, Arron Afflalo is an All-Star. Unfortunately for him, and for Magic fans, not many people know it. While “Spell Check” continues to light up opponents on a nightly basis, most eyes are turned elsewhere, soaking in what they believe to be a more entertaining product involving teams west of the Mississippi River.
And Afflalo did himself no favors with his play last season, which, to put it kindly, was something of a disappointment. Touted as one of the prized acquisitions in the Dwight Howard trade, he failed to play up to expectations, turning in something of a wasted year. The fanfare that surrounded Afflalo upon his arrival in Orlando quickly evaporated, leaving a player alone to find his way back to the spotlight.
To say that Afflalo has had a better season in 2013-14 is to drastically undersell the improvements he’s made and the level at which he’s played.