Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo is in the midst of the best season of his career.
The sixth-year pro out of UCLA is averaging 22.0 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field, 44.4% from beyond the arc and 85.2% from the charity stripe. Afflalo is also averaging 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
Those stats obviously make Afflalo worthy of an All-Star appearance this season, but because he isn’t a big name and his Magic are just 9-20, his name hasn’t really gotten a lot of hype.
“For one, it’s obvious I’m not one to push for fan votes,’’ Afflalo told John Denton of the Orlando Magic’s official website. “For me, it’s about team play, winning and it’s about the growth of my game and if I can get the respect of the coaches from that ankle, it’s something that I would definitely appreciate.”
Afflalo seems fine with the lack of hype, but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t like to play in the game.
“I’m not trying to outvote D-Wade and these guys who are constantly in the limelight,’’ Afflalo said. “I’m more of a basketball purist, I love the game and hopefully that will get appreciated from a different angle.’’