The obsession for Magic fans of late involves the idea of Arron Afflalo making the All-Star team.
Nobody saw the Magic having an All Star, let alone anyone threatening to make the All-Star Game, so soon after Dwight Howard's tumultuous departure. The winning might come a little bit later, but certainly some individual award shows the team has made some progress, does it not?
Fans so far have not noticed Afflalo's stellar season. He has not cracked the top-10 in voting among guards -- remember you can still vote on NBA.com or by tweeting "Arron Afflalo #NBABallot" (retweets do not count). No one will argue that Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving are the runaway favorites for the two backcourt spots as starters.
The other guard spots seem up in the air between Afflalo, Jeff Teague, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Kemba Walker and DeMar DeRozan. Figure that no more than three make the roster with possibly only two getting the coach's call to the All-Star team as a reserve. Remember, most likely, Roy Hibbert and Chris Bosh occupy spots on the roster already with Al Jefferson, Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson maybe pushing for spots.
You can see already that there will be a reach for some of these spots on the team. Afflalo's chances of getting voted on the All-Star team as a reserve are as good as any other.
And he has certainly earned the opportunity. He is currently 11th in the league in scoring at 21.9 points per game. Among the league's top-10 scorers, only DeMarcus Cousins, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are shooting better than his 48.6 percent from the floor. As he has done throughout his career, Afflalo has only gotten better each season.
"Just watching [Arron] throughout the years, he has been in diferent roles he has played for different teams, now he is on a team where he is looked to score a lot more for this team and how he is not searching for shot, he lets the game come to him," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "He is able to post up. He's able to get some transition stuff. He is able to get some on the perimeter. He has grown his game and it is based around the team and the role he plays for his team."no comments