MIAMI — The start of a new NBA season is often the culmination of a lifelong journey for some players, guys who have toiled for years in an effort to reach the highest level and perform on basketball’s biggest stage.
A new season can also serve as an opportunity for a proven player to reinvent himself, the way Arron Afflalo has a chance to this season in a Orlando Magic uniform. After two seasons of on-the-job training in Detroit at the start of his career and three more solid seasons in Denver, Afflalo is stepping into his first true leadership role with the Magic.
If Afflalo’s personal journey is any indication, the Magic might have done more than add one of the league’s most underrated players to their roster. Magic fans need to get to know Afflalo a little … we all do!: