Jan 24, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives to the basket as he shoots over Los Angeles Lakers point guard Manny Harris (3) during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 114-105. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic G Arron Afflalo talks improvement


Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo has taken his game to another level this season.

The six-year veteran out of UCLA is averaging 20.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Many have been surprised by Afflalo’s performance, but he certainly isn’t.

“A lot of what I’m doing today, I’ve been able to do for a long time,” Afflalo told Romona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles. “But just based on the teams I was on, it wasn’t being asked of me.

“I’ve always been, more or less, what the team needed. So if you needed scoring, I could do that. If you needed a defender, I could be that. If you needed a shooter, I’ll be that.”

Several pundits believe Afflalo should be an all-star, but because of Orlando’s 12-33 record, that may not happen.

“It is what it is. That’s something I can’t control. I can only be the best player that I can be,” Afflalo said of making the all-star teams.

The reserves will be announced Thursday.

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