The Circle Of Life — Arron Afflalo Back In Denver

Kicking off the madness that was the 2014 NBA Draft were the Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets, orchestrating a trade sending Arron Afflalo back to Denver in exchange for Evan Fournier and pick 56 in the draft, which Orlando used to select Roy Devyn Marble out of Iowa.

The initial reaction to this deal, which went through just hours prior to the draft commencing, was that the Magic got fleeced, but I’m not convinced of that. I’m a huge fan of Fournier and think he can be a very solid NBA player and fantasy contributor.
Arron Afflalo

Afflalo, even though he had a breakout last season, has been around a while. 2013-14 was his seventh season, yet not his best from a fantasy perspective. Back in 2010-11, he finished the season ranked 70th, averaging 12.6 points, 1.5 three-pointers, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks on 50.0 percent from the field and 84.7 percent from the line. While his scoring did reach a career high this season, his efficiency decreased and his turnovers increased, which impacted his overall value. Now, he returns to Denver, the site of his best fantasy seasons and should move straight into the starting shooting guard spot. He’ll be challenged for minutes by this season’s starter, Randy Foye as well as incoming rookie, Gary Harris. Afflalo should look to keep himself around that top 90-100 range, a must-own player, just not as high as some people may have valued him last season.

Fournier however, had his potential value sliced by the Magic acquiring Elfrid Payton in Thursday’s draft. Payton will likely start next to Victor Oladipo meaning Fournier will play off the bench as the third guard or fourth guard behind Jameer Nelson. If Nelson is moved on, I like Fournier’s ability to retain top 160 value, but that seems tough at the moment.

Last season in Denver, Fournier averaged 20 minutes a game, scoring 8.4 points, 1.2 three-pointers and 0.5 steals, but had a run of big games when Ty Lawson and Foye sat with injury. In a dynasty format, I’m still high on Fournier and would like to get him for cheap if you could, but for standard leagues, Payton’s appearance will hamper him immensely.


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