When Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo last blogged in July, he updated his fans on his new approach to training. Afflalo's newest blog update touches on how that training has affected his body--"my overall athleticism [...] is better," he says--but primarily focuses on how the training informs his goals for the season ahead.
Afflalo says he's working one-on-one with a trainer to improve four specific areas in his game: his low-post moves, his open three-point shooting, his ability to create good isolation looks with "quick, one-dribble or two-dribble moves," and his ability to finish around the rim. Ultimately, Afflalo hopes to become a more consistent player:
As a player, your goal is to be able to perform at a high level every night. Part of that is staying healthy. Part of it is being in the physical condition to take on the role. Then it’s a matter of your skill level, and being efficient with what I know I can do really well.
Afflalo averaged career-highs in minutes per game (36), points per game (16.5), rebounds per game (3.7), assists per game (3.2), and usage rate (22.5 percent) in his first Magic season. He told Steve Kyler of HOOPSWORLD during the adidas Nations camp that he wasn't prepared for the workload he had to shoulder in 2012/13, which at least partially explains why he's working so hard over the summer.