Arron Affalo has definitely grown as an NBA player during these past two years with the Orlando Magic.
The 6’5″ shooting guard is coming off a 2013-14 season, in which he averaged a career-high 18.2 points per game. Now, he’s ready to bring that kind of production back to the Denver Nuggets, who re-acquired him via a draft-night trade to Orlando for the services of 56th overall pick Evan Fournier.
After surveying the Nuggets, whom he played three seasons for from 2009-12, Affalo believes they have the makings of a championship team, according to a report. That’s tough talk in a stacked Western Conference, but Affalo has his reasons.
The seventh-year guard joins a talented team whose roster includes point guard Ty Lawson (17.6 points per game last season), power forward Kenneth Faried, center J.J. Hickson (11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds per game) and small forward Wilson Chandler. They also count Nate Robinson and Randy Foye as guards. The team would also be aided next year by a healthy Danilo Gallinari, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.
The addition of Affalo affords Denver the flexibility of running him with Lawson in the backcourt with Foye off the bench or even going small with all three on the court simultaneously.
Still, to have the makings of a championship team, the Nuggets must first make the playoffs, which out West is a monumental task in itself.