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Al Horford

30-Year-Old    C,PF    Boston Celtics

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

15.2

REB

7.3

AST

3.2

STL

0.8

BLK

1.5

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

In his eighth season, the former Florida Gator earned his third All-Star selection, posting averages of 15.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.3 blocks, and 0.9 steals in 31 minutes per game through 76 regular season games. Playing the fewest minutes per game of his caree...

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HT: 6' 10"   WT: 245 lbs   DOB: 6/3/1986  College: Florida   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #3 Overall in 2007   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a four-year, $113 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2016.

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Al Horford NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 21 81 31.4 10.1 9.7 1.5 0.7 0.9 0.0 49.9 73.1 1.7 3.1 6.6 0.1 0.0 4.1 8.2 1.9 2.6
2008-09 22 67 33.5 11.5 9.3 2.4 0.8 1.4 0.0 52.5 72.7 1.5 2.2 7.1 0.0 0.0 4.7 8.9 2.2 3.1
2009-10 23 81 35.1 14.2 9.9 2.3 0.7 1.1 0.0 55.1 78.9 1.5 2.9 7.0 0.0 100.0 5.8 10.5 2.6 3.3
2010-11 24 ATL 77 35.1 15.3 9.3 3.5 0.8 1.0 0.0 55.7 79.8 1.5 2.4 7.0 0.1 50.0 6.7 12.0 1.9 2.4
2011-12 25 ATL 11 31.6 12.4 7.0 2.2 0.9 1.3 0.0 55.3 73.3 1.5 2.4 4.6 0.1 0.0 5.2 9.4 2.0 2.7
2012-13 26 ATL 74 37.2 17.4 10.2 3.2 1.1 1.1 0.0 54.3 64.4 2.0 2.6 7.6 0.1 50.0 7.8 14.3 1.8 2.8
2013-14 27 ATL 29 33.0 18.6 8.4 2.6 0.9 1.5 0.1 56.7 68.2 2.2 2.3 6.1 0.4 36.4 8.2 14.5 2.0 2.9
2014-15 28 ATL 76 30.5 15.2 7.2 3.2 0.9 1.3 0.1 53.8 75.9 1.3 1.7 5.4 0.5 30.6 6.8 12.7 1.4 1.9
2015-16 29 ATL 82 32.1 15.2 7.3 3.2 0.8 1.5 1.1 50.5 79.8 1.3 1.8 5.5 3.1 34.4 6.5 12.8 1.3 1.6
2015-16 Projections 30 ATL 75 30.7 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Al Horford

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Al Horford NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 31.8 10.2 7.8 3.8 1.6 2.8 1.0 42.0 100.0 1.4 1.6 6.2 2.6 38.5 4.2 10.0 0.8 0.8
Last 10 Games 10 33.4 14.0 8.7 3.4 1.1 2.0 1.0 44.4 87.0 1.3 1.6 7.1 3.5 28.6 5.5 12.4 2.0 2.3
Last 20 Games 20 33.1 14.4 8.4 3.8 1.0 1.9 1.2 46.7 86.4 1.1 1.5 6.9 3.6 32.4 5.7 12.1 1.9 2.2

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Al Horford
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 28 ATL 30 15 4 2 2 3 3 7 10 0 0 1 2 0 4 4
Apr 26 @ATL 24 6 8 4 2 1 1 2 11 2 2 0 2 2 6 1
Apr 24 ATL 38 5 9 5 1 1 0 2 8 0 0 1 2 2 7 3
Apr 22 ATL 36 8 13 6 2 4 1 4 10 0 0 0 3 3 10 0
Apr 19 @ATL 31 17 5 2 1 5 2 6 11 2 2 3 4 1 4 2
Apr 16 @ATL 37 24 12 2 0 2 2 8 17 7 8 1 2 5 7 3
Apr 13 MIA 30 19 8 2 1 1 2 6 10 5 5 2 5 0 8 2
Apr 11 CHA 33 20 11 2 1 1 1 10 17 0 1 0 4 2 9 2
Apr 9 @ATL 33 12 8 6 1 1 1 5 13 0 0 2 5 1 7 4
Apr 8 MIL Did Not Play
Apr 6 NOP Did Not Play
Apr 3 @LAL Did Not Play
Apr 1 @GSW 42 14 9 3 0 1 0 5 17 4 5 0 6 0 9 3
Mar 31 @POR Did Not Play
Mar 28 @LAC 34 14 10 3 0 1 0 6 11 2 4 0 0 2 8 0
Mar 26 @PHO 30 13 5 5 1 2 0 6 15 0 0 1 5 1 4 3
Mar 23 TOR 29 13 3 3 0 0 3 4 7 2 2 3 6 0 3 1
Mar 21 ORL 36 14 9 9 3 1 1 6 12 0 0 2 5 0 9 2
Mar 20 @PHI Did Not Play
Mar 18 @TOR Did Not Play
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Mar 16 OKC 35 21 11 4 0 1 0 9 15 1 2 2 5 2 9 2
Mar 15 @IND Did Not Play
Mar 11 HOU Did Not Play
Mar 9 MEM Did Not Play
Mar 5 @CLE 32 11 12 1 0 0 1 4 11 2 2 1 3 3 9 1
Mar 4 NYK 26 8 5 5 0 3 1 2 5 4 4 0 1 0 5 2
Mar 2 POR Did Not Play
Feb 29 UTA Did Not Play
Feb 27 MIA Did Not Play
Feb 25 MIL Did Not Play
Feb 22 @MIN 39 23 16 6 3 5 1 10 20 2 2 1 4 4 12 1
Feb 21 @DEN Did Not Play
Feb 19 @UTA 38 14 5 3 1 2 1 4 11 5 5 1 3 1 4 2
Feb 10 LAC 29 16 4 2 0 2 1 7 11 0 0 2 4 1 3 1
Feb 9 @MIL Did Not Play
Feb 7 SAC 35 11 6 6 0 2 0 5 14 0 0 1 3 2 4 1
Feb 5 @CLE 34 21 7 6 1 0 2 8 16 4 4 1 4 0 7 1
Feb 3 DET 22 7 6 4 1 2 0 3 4 1 2 0 0 2 4 1
Feb 2 @NYK Did Not Play
Jan 31 @ORL 34 17 4 2 1 2 3 6 10 2 2 3 3 0 4 5
Jan 29 ORL Did Not Play
Jan 27 DEN 36 15 8 6 1 0 2 6 13 2 5 1 5 2 6 2
Jan 25 @WAS 27 18 2 1 1 1 1 8 12 0 0 2 3 0 2 3
Jan 24 @PHI Did Not Play
Jan 23 @PHI 39 9 16 5 1 2 2 4 12 1 2 0 3 4 12 0
Jan 22 CHI Did Not Play
Jan 20 @TOR 36 16 8 1 0 0 0 7 17 1 2 1 3 4 4 1
Jan 18 @DAL 27 15 7 2 1 2 0 7 10 0 0 1 2 1 6 2
Jan 16 @WAS 23 10 1 3 2 2 2 5 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 4
Jan 15 PHO 41 18 8 2 0 2 3 9 23 0 0 0 3 3 5 0
Jan 13 IND 28 2 2 0 0 1 4 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 4
Jan 12 @NYK Did Not Play
Jan 10 @MEM Did Not Play
Jan 7 @CHI 24 18 9 3 3 3 0 7 12 3 3 1 2 5 4 2
Jan 6 DET Did Not Play
Jan 4 @BKN Did Not Play
Jan 2 BKN Did Not Play
Dec 30 LAL Did Not Play
Dec 27 NYK Did Not Play
Dec 26 @DET 31 19 6 7 2 2 1 9 15 1 1 0 2 1 5 1
Dec 23 @CHA 30 15 4 0 1 1 1 7 14 0 0 1 3 0 4 3
Dec 21 MIN 24 6 2 3 0 0 2 3 9 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Dec 18 ATL 36 21 10 2 1 3 3 10 19 1 2 0 2 3 7 4
Dec 16 @DET 28 17 4 1 1 0 2 8 13 0 0 1 1 0 4 0
Dec 15 CLE Did Not Play
Dec 12 @CHA 26 9 7 3 2 0 1 3 7 3 4 0 1 1 6 0
Dec 11 GSW Did Not Play
Dec 9 CHI 37 14 8 4 2 2 1 7 13 0 0 0 1 1 7 2
Dec 7 @NOP Did Not Play
Dec 5 @SAS Did Not Play
Dec 3 @SAC Did Not Play
Nov 30 @MIA 35 21 13 1 1 2 0 8 15 3 3 2 3 4 9 2
Nov 29 @ORL Did Not Play
Nov 27 WAS 30 16 4 2 0 0 0 5 10 4 4 2 3 0 4 5
Nov 25 PHI 34 12 12 2 1 1 2 5 15 2 5 0 3 8 4 2
Nov 24 @ATL 27 11 4 4 0 1 2 5 10 0 0 1 3 1 3 2
Nov 22 @BKN Did Not Play
Nov 20 BKN Did Not Play
Nov 18 DAL 32 17 1 1 0 2 2 6 15 4 4 1 2 0 1 1
Nov 16 @HOU Did Not Play
Nov 15 @OKC 31 16 5 5 1 1 1 7 16 0 0 2 6 2 3 1
Nov 13 ATL 32 13 6 8 1 2 0 6 11 0 0 1 2 1 5 3
Nov 11 IND 30 26 8 3 0 3 2 11 15 0 0 4 6 3 5 0
Nov 10 @MIL Did Not Play
Nov 6 WAS 30 14 5 4 1 2 2 7 15 0 0 0 3 1 4 5
Nov 4 @IND 30 21 8 4 0 2 0 8 10 4 4 1 1 3 5 0
Nov 1 SAS 35 16 12 1 0 3 3 7 14 2 2 0 5 2 10 1
Oct 30 TOR 35 18 6 3 0 1 2 8 15 0 0 2 5 1 5 2
Oct 28 PHI Did Not Play
Al Horford Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Al Horford – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Center
Also Listed As:  #3 Power Forward

1.  Al Horford

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True Shooting Percentage

56.5%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Al Horford has a true shooting percentage of 56.5%.

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Al Horford NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 21 81 36.0 11.6 11.1 1.8 0.9 1.1 0.0 49.9 73.1 1.9 3.5 7.6 0.1 0.0 4.7 9.5 2.2 3.0
2008-09 22 67 36.0 12.4 10.0 2.6 0.9 1.5 0.0 52.5 72.7 1.7 2.3 7.7 0.0 0.0 5.0 9.5 2.4 3.3
2009-10 23 81 36.0 14.5 10.1 2.4 0.7 1.2 0.0 55.1 78.9 1.5 3.0 7.1 0.0 100.0 5.9 10.7 2.7 3.4
2010-11 24 ATL 77 36.0 15.7 9.6 3.5 0.8 1.1 0.0 55.7 79.8 1.6 2.4 7.1 0.1 50.0 6.8 12.3 2.0 2.5
2011-12 25 ATL 11 36.0 14.1 8.0 2.5 1.0 1.4 0.0 55.3 73.3 1.7 2.7 5.3 0.1 0.0 5.9 10.7 2.3 3.1
2012-13 26 ATL 74 36.0 16.8 9.9 3.1 1.0 1.0 0.0 54.3 64.4 1.9 2.5 7.3 0.1 50.0 7.5 13.8 1.8 2.7
2013-14 27 ATL 29 36.0 20.2 9.2 2.9 1.0 1.7 0.2 56.7 68.2 2.4 2.5 6.7 0.4 36.4 8.9 15.8 2.2 3.2
2014-15 28 ATL 76 36.0 18.0 8.4 3.8 1.1 1.5 0.2 53.8 75.9 1.6 2.0 6.4 0.6 30.6 8.1 15.0 1.7 2.2
2015-16 29 ATL 82 36.0 17.1 8.2 3.6 0.9 1.7 1.2 50.5 79.8 1.5 2.0 6.1 3.5 34.4 7.2 14.3 1.4 1.8
2015-16 Projections 30 ATL 75 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Al Horford

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Al Horford NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2007-08 21 81 2540 821 785 124 60 76 0 49.9 73.1 137 248 537 5 0.0 333 668 155 212
2008-09 22 67 2242 773 624 163 53 95 0 52.5 72.7 103 145 479 1 0.0 312 594 149 205
2009-10 23 81 2846 1148 799 189 59 91 1 55.1 78.9 122 236 563 1 100.0 467 847 213 270
2010-11 24 ATL 77 2704 1178 718 266 59 80 2 55.7 79.8 119 182 536 4 50.0 513 921 150 188
2011-12 25 ATL 11 348 136 77 24 10 14 0 55.3 73.3 16 26 51 1 0.0 57 103 22 30
2012-13 26 ATL 74 2756 1289 757 240 78 78 3 54.3 64.4 147 195 562 6 50.0 576 1060 134 208
2013-14 27 ATL 29 958 538 244 76 27 44 4 56.7 68.2 64 66 178 11 36.4 238 420 58 85
2014-15 28 ATL 76 2318 1156 544 244 68 98 11 53.8 75.9 100 131 413 36 30.6 519 965 107 141
2015-16 29 ATL 82 2631 1249 596 263 68 121 88 50.5 79.8 107 148 448 256 34.4 529 1048 103 129
2015-16 Projections 30 ATL 75 2302 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Al Horford

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Al Horford NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2007-08 21 81 31.4 53.9 49.9 12.1 13.4 0.9 16.5
2008-09 22 67 33.5 56.5 52.5 17.2 10.8 1.6 18.9
2009-10 23 81 35.1 59.4 55.2 14.8 9.6 1.5 21.3
2010-11 24 ATL 77 35.1 58.7 55.8 19.2 8.6 2.2 22.5
2011-12 25 ATL 11 31.6 58.5 55.3 15.4 10.2 1.5 17.4
2012-13 26 ATL 74 37.2 56.0 54.5 15.6 9.6 1.6 23.5
2013-14 27 ATL 29 33.0 58.8 57.1 12.7 10.7 1.2 22.6
2014-15 28 ATL 76 30.5 56.3 54.4 17.8 7.3 2.4 20.1
2015-16 29 ATL 82 32.1 56.5 54.7 17.8 7.3 2.5 20.1
2015-16 Projections 30 ATL 75 30.7 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Al Horford

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Al Horford: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Horford scored 24 points (11-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding three assists, three blocks, two steals, and just one rebound in 31 minutes during Friday's loss to the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the series.

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Horford registered 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and two steals over 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Celtics.

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Horford (groin) collected six points (2-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 110-83 Game 5 loss to the Celtics.

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Horford (groin) was removed from the Hawks' injury report Tuesday, and plans to be in the starting lineup once again for Game 5 against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Horford (groin) is considered probable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Horford (groin) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Horford is nursing a strained left groin, but is probable for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Horford had 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five blocks, two assists, and one steal across 31 minutes during the Hawks' 89-72 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

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Horford scored 20 points (10-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT) to go with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block, and one steal over 33 minutes in Monday's 109-94 loss to the Cavaliers.

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Horford recorded 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, and a block in 34 minutes during Monday's win over the Bulls.

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Horford recorded 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt), nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and one block over 36 minutes in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

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Horford finished with a team-high 22 points (10-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt) to go with nine rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and one steal in 33 minutes during Saturday's win over the Rockets.

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2015-16

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2014-15

Horford is one of the NBA's top bigs when healthy. Unfortunately, he hasn't been healthy much in recent seasons. A completely torn pectoral muscle ended Horford's 2013-14 season in late December, limiting the All-Star to just 29 games played. A similar injury cost him all but 11 games of the 2011-12 season, but between those two injury-ravaged years, Horford put together his best all-around performance as a pro, averaging 17.4 points, 10.2 boards, and 3.2 assists while shooting 54 percent from the field. It seems fair to ask whether the Hawks are taking an unnecessary risk with Horford by lining him up at center almost exclusively. At 6-9 and 245 pounds, Horford is undersized for the position. For years, there have been rumors that Horford would prefer to line up at power forward, but with Paul Millsap established at power forward and the equally-undersized Pero Antic as the only other nominal center on the roster, it appears the Hawks will roll the dice with Horford at the five most of the time. Another, less-serious concern is Horford's free-throw shooting. His percentage from the line peaked at just shy of 80 percent in 2010-11 but dropped to 64 percent in his career year of 2012-13, and it was under 70 percent again when the injury ended his 2013-14 campaign. Horford has been cleared to begin shooting and is expected to be ready to participate fully in training camp, but he didn't play for his native Dominican Republic in this year's FIBA World Cup this summer.

2013-14

Just one year removed from an injury-ravaged 2011-12 campaign where he was forced to miss nearly the entire season with a torn pectoral muscle, Horford was able to bounce back and put together a career-year in 2012-13. The 27-year-old big man posted career-highs in scoring (17.4), rebounding (10.2), steals (1.1) and minutes (37.2) in 74 appearances. His usage rate climbed to 21.8 percent, and his 23.5 efficiency rating was good enough to rank ninth overall in the league. The only area of Horford's game that dipped last season was his free-throwing shooting (64 percent), but with a career mark of 74 percent at the charity stripe, he should bounce back in that area. The Hawks brought in a pair of big men (Paul Millsap, Elton Brand) via free agency, but the departure of Josh Smith means Horford is now the unquestioned leader of the team. As the face of the franchise, Horford is a great bet to repeat his success from last season with the possibility for even further improvement.

2012-13

After suffering a torn pectoral muscle during the 11th game of the year, Horford spent the rest of the 2011-12 regular season on the shelf. In the 10 regular season games Horford played from start to finish, he was his normal productive self, averaging 13.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 steals in 34 minutes per game. He returned to average 15.3 points, 8.3 rebounds 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals for the final three playoff games of the postseason without showing any effects from the injury. Horford even played for the Dominican Republic National Team this summer, so the pectoral injury appears to be behind him. Things will definitely look different when he rejoins the Hawks for the 2012-13 campaign, though. Atlanta had a massive roster overhaul, which included trading away Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams. With Johnson gone, in particular, the Hawks will need other players to carry their offense. Horford, along with Josh Smith, will now be the center pieces for the Hawksí new attack, so donít be surprised if Horford easily surpasses his career-high mark of 12 shot attempts per game set during the 2010-11 season. Increased usage rates usually mean good things for a playerís fantasy value.

2011-12

Horford continued his steady climb into elite territory for fantasy big men last season, averaging a career-high 15.3 points while grabbing 9.3 rebounds per contest. While those averages donít jump out of the box score like some of the gameís other top double-double options, Horford more than makes up for it with his all-around production. His 3.5 assists per game led all center-eligible players, and his shooting percentage from the floor (55.7) and the charity stripe (79.8) were also among the best at the position. He also chips in with steals, averaging 0.8 per game, which ranks among the top-10 for center-eligible players. The lone area in which Horford was somewhat of a disappointment was defending the rim. While his 1.0 blocks per game were nothing to shrug at, itís quite a bit off the 1.3 swats he averaged in his two previous seasons combined. In his fifth season, and still just 25, Horford is just now entering the prime of his career. With Joe Johnson getting older and less effective on offense, Jamal Crawford possibly leaving via free agency and Josh Smith failing to establish himself as a go-to option, the Hawks will lean on Horford even more this season.

2010-11

Horford is developing nicely, as he posted career-highs in ppg (14.2), rpg (9.9), FG% (55.1) and FT% (78.9) last year during his third season in the league. While last year's 1.1 bpg wasn't great for a center, his 2.3 apg and 0.7 spg both were. Horford got better as the season progressed, averaging 15.5 points and 10.7 rebounds over the second half of the year (he actually grabbed 11.9 rpg during the final month of the season), and further improvement should be expected in 2010-11, which could lead to monster numbers from this star in the making. And to think, some called for the Hawks to draft Mike Conley in 2007 because they needed a point guard. If Joe Johnson and his 18-plus field-goal attempts per game had left via free agency, it would have definitely boosted Horford's value, but even so, his role in Atlanta's offense simply has to increase moving forward. There's been talk about using him more at power forward this year, which is his more natural position and should only help his numbers. Horford is someone to target.

2009-10

Horford started off the 2008-09 campaign slowly, as the 23-year-old center battled ankle and knee injuries prior to the All-Star break. The injuries caused him to miss 15 games during his sophomore stint, but he recovered fully and returned to showcase the skills of a nightly double-double threat by averaging 13 points and 10.6 boards over the final 29 games of the regular season. His improved offensive game was a result of a bump in his shooting percentage to 52.5, due mostly to an improved 12-15 foot jump shot. He also improved his defensive output, picking up 1.4 bpg and 0.8 steals per game while cutting back on his fouls. The Hawks only addition to their frontline this offseason was veteran power forward Joe Smith, leaving Horford and Josh Smith to continue seeing the majority of action. As the primary option in the post, Horford should see an increase on his 8.9 field-goal attempts from last season. At 6-10, 245, Horford lacks prototypical size and is void of a go-to offensive move, but he makes up for it with a strong work ethic and high basketball IQ. As Horford continues to refine his game, his numbers should grow across the board.

2008-09

Horford was billed as one of the safer picks in the 2007 NBA draft, and he didnít disappoint as a rookie by averaging almost a double-double on good shooting percentages. At 6-10, 245, Horford pairs with Josh Smith to give the Hawks a slightly undersized but extremely athletic young front line that outruns and outjumps the opposition. Horford has upside to improve his scoring as a sophomore as he develops post technique to complement his athleticism and the Hawks start to run some plays for him. Horford also showed in the playoffs that he has a leaderís mentality and will not back down from the big stage, which gives him potential star quality even beyond his physical gifts. He did not show much as a rookie defender with less than one block and one steal per game, but heís got the wingspan and quickness to produce in those categories as well.

2007-08

Horford was billed as one of the safer picks in the 2007 NBA draft, with an NBA body and lots of championship experience at the NCAA level. This translates in fantasy terms to mean that he should be ready to produce numbers fairly quickly. The newest and most talented big man on the Hawks roster, Horford could be a double-double threat on any given night if he gets the playing time. He was a solid defender in college, but projects as only an adequate shot-blocking threat in the NBA. His best-case scenario fantasy-wise would be if the Hawks decided to go small-ball to get all of their talented wing players on the court at once, which could possibly sneak Horford into center eligibility later in the season. Whether that happens or not, though, Horford still has upside and should be one of the handful of rookies who merit consideration on draft day.