With the NBA season just concluding its first full month of basketball, it’s time to announce the Orlando Magic player of the month for November.
The Orlando Magic have played 16 games so far this season and are currently No. 9 in the Eastern Conference standings with a 6-10 record. Rookie Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis (has only played in three games so far, but has made an immediate impact) have been impressive in the early part of season, but veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo clearly stood out as the best player for the Magic during the month of November.
Statistically, Afflalo is having his best season as an NBA player averaging 21.4 points per game, 4.3 assists per game and is shooting a blistering 48.1 percent from the 3-point line. Afflalo’s 3-point shooting has him ranked No. 10 in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage. He also leads the magic in minutes played averaging 36.6 minutes per game. Like most of the Magic players, Afflalo spent time off season refining his game and his hard work in the gym has clearly paid off. While his offensive repertoire is virtually the same as last year, he is executing his offense at a much more efficient level. His primary offensive weapons include a very strong post game for a shooting guard, which includes a Kobe Bryant-esque turnaround jumper, a strong mid-range jump shot that he is making consistently and an improved ability to get to the free throw line where he is a career 80 percent free throw shooter. Last season, Afflalo averaged 3.5 free throw attempts per game, this season, Afflalo is averaging 5.3 attempts per game.
Best game of the month
In a 94-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 13, Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists. He made eight of 11 3-point shots and in the last seven minutes of the game he scored 11 points to pull off the hard fought victory.
Stat of the Month
Arron Afflalo has been in double figures in every game during the month of November. In fact, the only game this season that Afflao did not at least reach double digits was the season opener on Oct. 28 against the Indiana Pacers.