Arron Afflalo was somewhat reflective in his return to Denver on Wednesday. He told the reporters, including Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post, covering the game that playing for the Nuggets was his first opportunity to grow as a scorer and become a better player. In Detroit, he was a bit player on a good team relied on mostly for defense. In Denver, he needed to do more.
His scoring has increased each year of his career and his scoring per 36 minutes has increased each year too. Afflalo has grown and improved his offense each year. He is an emerging player in the league -- maybe not an All Star caliber player or anything like that -- but a reliable offensive player.
Except for his return to Denver though, Afflalo has been playing much better as he has gotten comfortable as the Magic's leading scorer this year.
Entering Wednesday's game, Afflalo was going through his best nine-game stretch of scoring for his career, averaging 22.0 points per game.