Arron Afflalo is playing like an All-Star.
But you wouldn't know it by looking at the most recent voting totals for the 2014 All-Star Game.
Afflalo didn't crack the top 10 of Eastern Conference backcourt players in the latest balloting results, which had Miami's Dwyane Wade leading at guard.
Afflalo, who has never been selected to the All-Star Game, knows fan voting tends to reward the most popular and well-known players.
Not that he's complaining.
Even if he's not elected an Eastern Conference starter — and all indications are that he won't be voted in — he has a chance to be selected to the All-Star team as a reserve. He entered the Orlando Magic's game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night ranked second among East guards in scoring.
"It's obvious that I'm not one for pushing for fan votes," Afflalo said when asked about the voting totals.
"For me, it's about team play, it's about winning and it's about the growth of my game. And if I can get the respect from the coaches, from that angle, then it's something that I would definitely appreciate. But I'm not trying to out-vote D-Wade and these guys who are constantly in the limelight. I'm more of a basketball purist. I love the game, and hopefully that'll get appreciated from a different angle."
The 2014 All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16 in New Orleans.
Drummond praises Maxiell
Scouts and coaches across the league regard 20-year-old Pistons center Andre Drummond as one of the sport's best young big men. Drummond's statistics support that assertion. He entered Friday averaging 13.2 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
But Drummond credits much of his success to former Pistons teammate Jason Maxiell, who joined the Magic this past summer as a free agent.
At just 6-feet-7, Maxiell has lasted nine seasons in the league because of his smarts and his toughness. Drummond, who is 6-feet-11, tried to absorb as much wisdom as he could from Maxiell.
"Having Jason there for me my first year was really beneficial for me," Drummond said. "Just how aggressive I play now is ... the way he taught me: just always playing hard and just being a glue guy and being aggressive all the time. I learned that from him."
Maxiell and his former teammates are still friends. Maxiell spent part of Thursday night hanging out with Drummond, Pistons power forward Greg Monroe and Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey.
Nonetheless, Maxiell's allegiance to them faded away as tipoff approached.
"I want to go out there and get the win," Maxiell said. "I'm going to go out there and beat them up, same as practice [used to be], and do my thing."
The Magic honored Pat Garrity on Friday at center court between the first and second quarters. Garrity played in 513 regular-season games for the franchise. In his first season with the Magic, he was a member of the 1999-2000 "Heart and Hustle" team that defied low expectations and went 41-41.
Garrity was asked what his reaction was when the Magic told him they wanted to honor him as part of their 25th anniversary.
Garrity joked: "My first reaction was, 'Are you sure you have the right number?' But, in all seriousness, it meant a great deal."
After he retired as a player, Garrity earned an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He now lives in Connecticut and works for an investment firm.
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