Arron Afflalo: A Starter for Sixth Man of the Year Consideration?

November 25th, 2009 by Courtzide Seatz Leave a reply »

I know it seems counterintuitive to talk about a starting shooting guard as a candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, but I ask that you hear me out.

Arron Afflalo was inserted into the Denver Nuggets starting lineup back on November 10th and hasn't been removed since. Despite his starting status, he is averaging about three fewer minutes per game than J.R. Smith at the shooting guard position.

George Karl loves to have Smith come off the bench because that's where he feels he is the most effective. If you have ever witnessed the instant shot in the arm he provides the second unit, it becomes almost impossible to question Karl's decision.

Anyone that is familiar with the Nuggets knows that J.R. Smith is clearly one of the most talented players on the team, and under almost any other coach in the NBA he would undoubtedly be the starter.

That said, there are obvious reasons that ...

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