He’s been asked repeatedly what it’ll be like to face his former team when the
But Afflalo, who was sent by the Nuggets to the Magic in the
"Under any other circumstance, if this was a little deeper into the season, it may be more of a personal emphasis," he said. "But it's our home opener. To me, it's all about getting a 'W.' "
Denver traded Afflalo,
Afflalo is an especially competitive, driven person, and it would be naïve to think he didn't circle the date against the Nuggets on his calendar.
Still, one reason Magic officials targeted him in the Howard trade was because he's a team player who rarely draws attention to himself.
This week, he even said the Nuggets made a good trade by acquiring Iguodala.
Afflalo made significant strides during his three seasons in Denver, going from averaging 8.8 points per game in 2009-10 to 15.2 points per game last season.
“I miss him,” Denver coach
"Probably he has a desire to score points, a little bit more, than we allowed him probably in his time in Denver. So I'm happy that he's gone to a place that might give him an opportunity that he's searching for. I'm disappointed he's not in Denver, and hopefully he has a great season except for two games."