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Orlando Magic News & Notes: Afflalo Overpaid?

2013 April 8
by Andrew Melnick

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Following another close loss, this time to the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday, Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn made some interesting comments to OrlandoMagic.com’s John Denton:

“You just have to be more selfish and want more than a four- or six-point lead going into that fourth quarter,’’ Magic coach Jacque Vaughn lamented. “We had good defensive possessions throughout the night and then we were good to the end (of the shot clock) and we would bail them out with a bad foul or something of that nature. But we have to continue to get better and want more.’’

Maurice Harkless returned to the starting lineup after injuring his knee:

Coach Jacque Vaughn has been pleased with how his players have responded mentally to fatigue.

“It’s been a great challenge for these guys, and I’ve been impressed with how they’ve answered,” Vaughn said.

Forbes listed Arron Afflalo as one of the league’s most overpaid players:

Shoots 30% on three-pointers and 44% overall, not enough for a scorer who averages three assists a game.

Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post disagreed with Forbes:

At $7.8 million, Afflalo is paid just slightly more than the league average. And his past performance suggests that he’s a slightly better-than-average player. His problem in Orlando is that the Magic, because of their lack of talent, have to ask him to do far too many things offensively. Due to circumstances outside his control, Afflalo is a complementary player masquerading as a leading man.

Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily also weighed in:

Should he be the first option on a team? No. But that is the role the Magic asked him to fulfill. The results were somewhat expected.Afflalo will earn $7.75 million this year and, perhaps more egregiously, $15.5 million the next two years. The Magic are hoping his production can increase in the next few seasons — mainly so they could move him but his leadership and consistency were extremely valuable this season.

Afflalo’s shot selection aside, it does not seem like this assessment of Afflalo meets the eye.

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