Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for UCLA. As a junior, he was named a consensus All-American and was voted the player of the year in the Pac-12 Conference. After forgoing his senior year in college, Afflalo was selected in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons with the 27th overall pick.
Afflalo with the Orlando Magic in December 2013
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||October 15, 1985|
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Centennial (Compton, California)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|2015||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2015–2016||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
As a senior in the 2003–04 season, Afflalo helped lead Centennial High School to a California Division III title.
As a collegiate player for UCLA, Afflalo's 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. He also set the then-school record for most three-point field goals made (87) in a season.[a] 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."
In a 2006 NCAA tournament game against Alabama, Afflalo hit the game-winning three-point shot and also defended Alabama point guard Ronald Steele on his errant three-point attempt which would have given Alabama the lead.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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 Richard 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 that culminated with a loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
On February 14, 2009, Afflalo helped Team Detroit to its second victory in three years at the Shooting Stars Competition during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend 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.
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. The draft pick became the 52nd overall pick and was used by the Pistons to draft Vernon Macklin.
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 quarter 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.
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.
On December 3, 2013, he recorded a career-high 43 points and minutes with 52, in a double-overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. His previous career-high in points came just less than a month earlier with 36 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 13, where he also made a career-high 8 three-point shots.
Second stint with the Nuggets (2014–2015)Edit
On June 26, 2014, Afflalo was traded back to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Evan Fournier and the draft rights to Devyn Marble. 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. The transaction also cleared $6 million in cap space for the team.
On October 29, 2014, Afflalo made his return for the Nuggets, recording 15 points and four rebounds in the season opening 89-79 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Portland Trail Blazers (2015)Edit
On February 19, 2015, Afflalo was traded, along with Alonzo Gee, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Will Barton, Víctor Claver, Thomas Robinson, and a lottery-protected 2016 first-round pick.
New York Knicks (2015–2016)Edit
On July 9, 2015, Afflalo signed with the New York Knicks. The move reunited him with his former Denver Nuggets teammate Carmelo Anthony. Afflalo missed the first eight games of the regular season with hamstring issues, making his debut for the Knicks on November 11 against the Charlotte Hornets. In 28 minutes as a starter, he recorded 12 points and 6 rebounds in a 95–93 loss. Over his first nine games for the Knicks, Afflalo averaged just 11.2 points per game. He went on to score a season-high 31 points in an overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on November 29. He topped that mark with 38 points against the Atlanta Hawks on January 3, hitting 14-of-17 from the field and 7-of-8 from three-point range.
Sacramento Kings (2016–2017)Edit
Return to Orlando (2017–2018)Edit
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Afflalo attended Centennial High School two years ahead of rapper Kendrick Lamar, who credited Afflalo's academic and athletic achievements in the first verse of the song "Black Boy Fly", a bonus track from his album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. In the song, Lamar described Afflalo as an example of someone who had the "determination, ambition plus dedication and wisdom" to get out of Compton. Afflalo nodded towards Lamar's drive in an interview with XXL, saying "I was almost like the golden child in the city of Compton, or at least at Centennial at that time, considering where I was as a basketball player, and all the positivity I had around me, in terms of school and people appreciating me and showing me love for what I did on the court and in the community at that time in my life. So for him to kind of be in the background and who he is today, it showed you the perseverance that he had for so many years."
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- Afflalo is player of year
- Wang, Jack (March 19, 2015). "NCAA Tournament: Bryce Alford gets hot and fortunate as UCLA stuns SMU". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015.
- 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."
- 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."
- Who was George Mason? Archived July 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- 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"
- Afflalo plays big, takes UCLA to NCAA-record 17th Final Four
- 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"
- NBA Transactions: 2007-08
- Arron's Evolution: In second season, Afflalo expects to flash more offense
- ESPN: 2008 ECF
- "Phoenix team falters from downtown, Detroit takes title". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- "Nuggets Acquire Afflalo, Sharpe from Detroit". NBA.com. July 13, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
- Arron Afflalo NBA & ABA Stats
- Arron Afflalo's buzzer-beater helps Nuggets bury Mavs
- Magic Acquire Six Players, Five Draft Picks in Howard Trade
- Notebook: Sixers 126, Magic 125
- Magic's Arron Afflalo scores a career-high 43 points in loss to Sixers
- Arron Afflalo's "Courageous Effort" Propels Magic Past Bucks
- Nuggets Acquire Arron Afflalo in Trade with Orlando
- "Magic trade Arron Afflalo to Nuggets". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
- Magic trade Arron Afflalo to Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the draft's 56th pick
- Nuggets open with 89-79 win over Pistons
- Trail Blazers Acquire Arron Afflalo And Alonzo Gee From Denver
- "Knicks Acquire Four Free Agents: Afflalo, R. Lopez, Williams, O'Quinn". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "Hornets' Zeller hits layup with 0.6 left to top Knicks 95-93". NBA.com. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
- "Rockets rally in fourth, beat Knicks 116-111 in overtime". NBA.com. November 29, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- "Afflalo scores 38, Knicks beat Hawks 111-97". NBA.com. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- "Kings Sign Four Free Agents". NBA.com. July 9, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- "Kings Waive Arron Afflalo". NBA.com. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
- "Magic Sign Arron Afflalo". NBA.com. July 27, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- XXL Staff. "NBA Star Arron Afflalo Responds to Kendrick Lamar's "Black Boy Fly" Shout-Out". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 5 August 2016.