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About two days after the NBA season started, an old friend called me and asked how Arron Afflalo was going to do this season. He had just picked him up in his fantasy draft. I simply laughed in response.
But look who’s laughing now.
Nine games into the season and the Orlando Magic appear to be Afflalo’s team, at least on offense. The seventh-year player is posting numbers like he’s back in Denver, and playing with renewed confidence. His production so far this season has been stellar, and that’s a breath of fresh air for Orlando fans.
Points per game is a rudimentary gauge on how good of a scorer is. Regardless, Afflalo is currently averaging 21.3 points per game, which ranks him 13th overall in the entire league.
Much of that success is due to his 3-point shooting. You really can’t ignore the fact that he’s lighting it up from the outside, shooting 52 percent on 5.6 attempts per game. A vast majority of Afflalo’s 3-point attempts are coming while he’s spotting up and he’s converting them at an extremely high clip.
That torrid shooting display from deep is largely the reason why he’s sporting a .613 True Shooting percentage.