The Dwight Howard era has ended in Orlando, but Magic fans shouldn't be too disappointed with what they received in return. Arron Afflalo is perhaps the biggest or second-biggest name acquired in the four-team trade and he will be a solid producer for the Magic in the upcoming season.
Afflalo had his breakout season for his old team the Denver Nuggets back in the 2010-2011 season when he posted an average of 12.6 points. That total marked the best season points average of his career; that was until last season where he again stepped up for the Nuggets.
The California-born shooting guard averaged 15.2 points per game last year, though fewer of those points were earned off three-point shots than in the previous year. Afflalo saw his three-point percentage drop from .423 to .398 percent from the 2010-2011 season to last year.
The newest member of the Magic has been working in the offseason to take yet another step forward in 2012, telling Jorge Sierra of Hoops Hype:
It's just a process. I've always personally felt that I've got to continue to get better. So I expect to improve not just offensively but defensively as well and from a leadership standpoint. Every year that's my goal: Push my talent as far as I can go.
At 26 years old, the NBA veteran is beginning to enter the prime of his career and will have a chance to be one of the leaders of this new-look Magic team.
Afflalo has become a respectable three-point threat and a great defensive guard in recent years, two qualities that should help the Magic tremendously in the years to come.
Orlando was the No.3 three-point team in the NBA last season and just added another threat from beyond the arc to its roster.
The Magic have struggled on defense recently, posting the seventh most total points given up last year. While Afflalo will need help to fix this defensive trend, he'll be one of the players Magic fans can count on to harass whichever opposing player he's defending.
He's no Dwight Howard, but Afflalo is a name that Orlando will grow to appreciate through the next few NBA seasons to come.
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