The Denver Nuggets reacquired shooting guard Arron Afflalo Thursday morning in exchange for Evan Fournier and one of the teams second-round picks. On an article on NBA.com written by Aaron Lopez, Afflalo expresses nothing but confidence in his return to the Mile High City.
Afflalo would go on to speak about the depth of the Denver Nuggets:
“To have a team that I feel is pretty much 2-deep at every position in talent and experience and hunger to compete and prove themselves as players, I think this is a team with the caliber to make a run for a title.”
Who can blame Afflalo, I personally feel the same way, especially since Denver is getting back key players in Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee, and Nate Robinson. J.J. Hickson would also miss the latter part of the second half due to a torn ACL.
When you can line up Ty Lawson (PG), Arron Afflalo (SG), Danilo Gallinari (SF), Kenneth Faried (PF), and Timofey Mozgov on one rotation and add Nate Robinson (PG), Randy Foye (SG), Wilson Chandler (SF), J.J. Hickson (PF)/Darrell Arthur (PF), and JaVale McGee on the other, you’re pretty much set.
“I’ll be blunt,” Afflalo said Friday. “I believe this is a championship team. It’s hard for the casual fan to fathom that because you don’t see big-market stars. Basketball is a team game. Good players win you games.
Tim Connelly (Nuggets GM) also chimed in on Afflalo and liked the way he and (Ty) Lawson played together when they were teammates in Denver.
“He’s a tireless worker,” Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said. “I don’t think many people work harder than Arron. His improvement is a direct correlation to his work ethic. He’s getting better. We think the best basketball is ahead of him.”
Arron would also note that all of the losing with the rebuilding Orlando Magic made him grow up in a way and the experience of it all really pushed him as a player.
“It’s been extremely difficult losing,” he said. “A part of growth is about taking it in perspective and seeing the positives in every situation. That’s what I did in Orlando. When I left Denver, I was a kid in terms of my development. I’m pushing more towards being a man so I can come back as a new player in Denver with a lot more experience in life and on the court.”
Hearing all of this from Denver’s newest acquisition should make you feel exciting for the upcoming NBA season, especially with the key draftees such as Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic.