Arron Afflalo

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Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo Washington at Orlando 029.jpg
Afflalo before a game with the Magic in 2012
Denver Nuggets
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-10-15) October 15, 1985 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Centennial (Compton, California)
College UCLA (20042007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072009 Detroit Pistons
20092012 Denver Nuggets
20122014 Orlando Magic
2014–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards

Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball swingman with the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He completed a three-year career at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Pacific-10 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as the starting shooting guard. Afflalo majored in sociology at UCLA and was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for Spring 2005.

Early life[edit]

Afflalo was born at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, only a few minutes' walk from Pauley Pavilion, where the UCLA Bruins play their home games. His parents are Benjamin Afflalo and Gwendolyn Washington. He also has a younger sister named Paris.[1]

College career[edit]

Noted for being the first player recruited by UCLA coach Ben Howland[2] Afflalo helped lead Compton Centennial High School to a California Division-III title in 2003–04, his senior year of high school. He went on to start 29 games in 2004–05 for the UCLA Bruins as a freshman, averaging 10.8 points per game and playing the role of a defensive stopper.

With the graduation of leading scorer Dijon Thompson, Afflalo shouldered more of the offensive load in his second year on the team, averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game. He also continued to guard some of the Bruins' opponents' top scorers.

Afflalo declared for the 2006 NBA draft, but pulled his name out before the deadline, opting to return to UCLA for his junior season.[3] Afflalo was one of the top players in the country as a junior, earning a spot on the Associated Press All-America team. This honor made Afflalo UCLA's first consensus All-American since Ed O'Bannon in the 1994–95 season.

His defensive dominance throughout the 2006–07 season (one example being holding Cal's Ayinde Ubaka to zero points in one of the two teams' matchups), and his 17.4 points per game, led to him being voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year by the other coaches in the conference. Commenting on the award, Afflalo said, "It is good that contributions on both ends of the floor are recognized ... If you truly have a love and passion for the game, then you should work at every aspect of it, not just the part that gives you (attention), that being scoring."[4]

NCAA tournament[edit]

In a 2006 NCAA tournament game against Alabama, Afflalo hit the game-winning three-point shot[5] and also defended Alabama point guard Ronald Steele on his errant three-point attempt which would have given Alabama the lead.[citation needed]

In the Bruins' 2006 Sweet Sixteen comeback victory over Gonzaga, Afflalo and teammate Ryan Hollins, in what was later widely hailed as a classy move, helped the distraught Gonzaga star Adam Morrison off the court after the final buzzer sounded.[6][7] Against Memphis in the Elite Eight, Afflalo was noted by many to be largely responsible for stopping Rodney Carney and helping UCLA advance to the Final Four.[8]

In the 2007 NCAA Tournament he was named the West Regional's Most Outstanding Player after scoring 24 points and making several big plays in a 68–55 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks.[9] However, his quick foul trouble against the Florida Gators cost his team the ability to successfully compete and the Bruins ended up bowing out of the tournament.[10]

Professional career[edit]

Afflalo with the Nuggets in 2011

Detroit Pistons (2007-2009)[edit]

On June 28, 2007, Afflalo was drafted with the 27th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons and later signed July 6.[11] In a surprising turn of events, Afflalo made his first career NBA start on November 1, 2007, the opening night of his rookie season, when Rip Hamilton missed the first two games to attend the birth of his son. Afflalo started the team's first and second games during his rookie campaign[12] that culminated with a loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 NBA Playoffs.[13]

On February 14, 2009, Afflalo helped Team Detroit to its second victory in three years at the Haier Shooting Stars competition in Phoenix, Arizona. Afflalo teamed with Detroit Shock head coach and former NBA legend Bill Laimbeer, and Shock guard Katie Smith to get the win against Team Phoenix in the final.[14]

Denver Nuggets (2009-2012)[edit]

On July 13, 2009, he was traded along with Walter Sharpe to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a second round pick in the 2011 NBA draft and cash.[15] The draft pick became the 52nd overall pick and was used by the Pistons to draft Vernon Macklin.[16]

On February 10, 2011, Afflalo made a 20-foot jump shot at the buzzer over Shawn Marion as Denver beat Dallas 121–120. The Nuggets trailed by as many as 13 in the 4th and were down 119–110 with under 2 minutes to play before pulling off a miraculous upset victory. Afflalo had 19 points in the fourth quarter alone to almost single-handedly power Denver to the win.[17]

Orlando Magic (2012-2014)[edit]

On August 10, 2012, he was traded to the Orlando Magic in a four-team deal which sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets.[18]

On December 3, 2013, he recorded a career-high 43 points and minutes with 52, in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[19] His previous career-high in points came just less than a month earlier with 36 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 13,[20] where he also made a career-high 8 three-point shots.[21]

Return to Denver Nuggets (2014-present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Afflalo was traded back to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Evan Fournier and the draft rights to Roy Devyn Marble.[22][23] Afflalo, arguably Orlando's best player in 2013–14, was dealt to avoid concerns that he would opt-out of his contract following the 2014–15 season and assured the Magic value in return. It also cleared $6 million in cap space for the team.[24]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Detroit 75 9 12.9 .411 .208 .782 1.8 .7 .4 .1 3.7
2008–09 Detroit 74 8 16.7 .437 .402 .817 1.8 .6 .4 .2 4.9
2009–10 Denver 82 75 27.1 .465 .434 .735 3.1 1.7 .6 .4 8.8
2010–11 Denver 69 69 33.7 .498 .423 .847 3.6 2.4 .5 .4 12.6
2011–12 Denver 62 62 33.6 .471 .398 .798 3.2 2.4 .6 .2 15.2
2012–13 Orlando 64 64 36.0 .439 .300 .857 3.7 3.2 .6 .2 16.5
2013–14 Orlando 73 73 35.0 .459 .427 .815 3.6 3.4 .5 .0 18.2
Career 499 360 27.4 .459 .392 .815 2.9 2.0 .5 .2 11.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Detroit 12 0 7.0 .389 .000 .000 .4 .5 .3 .0 1.2
2009 Detroit 4 0 16.5 .476 .200 .600 .8 .3 .0 .5 6.3
2010 Denver 6 6 20.0 .625 .429 .818 2.0 1.2 .2 .3 9.2
2011 Denver 3 3 28.3 .353 .250 .875 3.0 2.3 .0 .0 11.3
2012 Denver 7 7 32.7 .405 .200 .800 3.6 2.7 .7 .3 10.9
Career 32 16 18.3 .441 .259 .795 1.7 1.3 .3 .2 6.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ #4 Arron Afflalo
  2. ^ Champions made here - Part II
  3. ^ UCLA guard Afflalo withdraws from NBA draft
  4. ^ Afflalo is player of year
  5. ^ Farmar's five 3s have UCLA heading to Oakland "Afflalo got loose and launched a 3-pointer, keeping UCLA ahead 60–56 with 34 seconds left."
  6. ^ UCLA scores final 11 points in stunning comeback over Gonzaga "Hollins and Afflalo went to help up Morrison, who was spread on the floor at midcourt."
  7. ^ Who was George Mason?
  8. ^ Afflalo, UCLA clamp down on Memphis, stamp Final Four ticket "Afflalo scored 15 points and shut down Memphis leading scorer Rodney Carney, helping No. 2 seed UCLA defeat the top-seeded Tigers"
  9. ^ Afflalo plays big, takes UCLA to NCAA-record 17th Final Four
  10. ^ Florida runs over UCLA, sets up another battle with Ohio St. "Bruins guard Arron Afflalo sat on the bench for almost the entire first half with foul trouble"
  11. ^ NBA Transactions: 2007-08
  12. ^ Arron’s Evolution: In second season, Afflalo expects to flash more offense
  13. ^ ESPN: 2008 ECF
  14. ^ Phoenix team falters from downtown, Detroit takes title
  15. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Afflalo, Sharpe from Detroit". NBA.com. July 13, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  16. ^ Arron Afflalo NBA & ABA Stats
  17. ^ Arron Afflalo's buzzer-beater helps Nuggets bury Mavs
  18. ^ Magic Acquire Six Players, Five Draft Picks in Howard Trade
  19. ^ Notebook: Sixers 126, Magic 125
  20. ^ Magic's Arron Afflalo scores a career-high 43 points in loss to Sixers
  21. ^ Arron Afflalo’s “Courageous Effort” Propels Magic Past Bucks
  22. ^ Nuggets Acquire Arron Afflalo in Trade with Orlando
  23. ^ Magic trade Arron Afflalo to Nuggets
  24. ^ Magic trade Arron Afflalo to Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the draft's 56th pick

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