Al Horford
Al Horford
34-Year-Old CenterC
Oklahoma City Thunder
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It's safe to say Horford's first season in Philadelphia didn't go the way he or the Sixers had planned. Brought in to play alongside Joel Embiid (and to steal one of the best Embiid defenders away from the rival Celtics), the fit just didn't work out, as the veteran big man found himself on the bench frequently down the stretch as the Sixers limped to a sixth-place finish and a first-round exit at the hand of Horford's former team. Team fit aside, Horford's overall numbers dipped somewhat, as you'd expect from a 33-year-old, though it's not as if he fell off a cliff. His 11.9 points per game represented his lowest mark in over a decade, while his 45.0 percent field goal percentage was a career low, though that can be in part attributed to a career-high 4.2 three-point attempts per game. His 6.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 0.8 steals per game were right in line with his recent numbers, as was his 35.0 percent three-point percentage, though he did block less than a shot per game for the first time since his rookie campaign. While he's still a useful player, he's not getting any younger, and it's not clear what his role with the Thunder will be. Horford was dealt to the rebuilding OKC during the offseason, with the 76ers primarily receiving Danny Green. Given the rebuilding status of the Thunder, finding meaningful playing time for Horford may not be the priority. The real priority may be dealing him for other assets. As a result, he makes for a risky fantasy selection. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $109 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2019. Traded to the Thunder in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to Arelis Reynoso and Tito Horford. His father was drafted in the second round of the 1988 NBA Draft and played three years in the NBA for Milwaukee and Washington. Horford's uncle, Kelly, played college basketball at Florida Atlantic University in the early 1990s, while his brother Jon played for Michigan and Florida. Al Horford has two other brothers -- Josh and Christian -- and two sisters, Anna and Maria. The Horford family moved to Lansing, Michigan, in 2000. There Al attended Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge. As a senior, he averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game and was named Class A Player of the Year. Horford ended his tenure at Grand Ledge with seven school records, including most career points (1,239). Horford has been involved in many charitable causes since reaching the NBA. He was awarded the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for March 2011, in part due to his support relief efforts in Japan and the Pacific region following a devastating earthquake and tsunami. In 2019, he partnered with the Built With Chocolate Milk campaign to put on a basketball clinic for 30 middle school and high school students. He has also been involved with Basketball Without Borders, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the NBA's fight against AIDS and as an ambassador for elephants and rhinos with WildAid. In addition, Horford spent a summer reconstructing basketball courts in Puerto Plata, his hometown, and put together youth basketball clinics. In 2020, he donated $500,000 to support coronavirus relief in the Dominican Republic as well as in each region of the United States where he's played for a team. Learn more about Horford by following him on Twitter (@Al_Horford) and on Instagram (@alhorford).

College/International Summary

As a freshman at Florida, Horford played 32 games (25 starts) and averaged 5.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 22.8 minutes per game. As a sophomore, he played 39 games (all of them starts) and averaged 11.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals in 25.9 minutes. That fueled a Second Team All-SEC selection. As a junior, he played 38 games (36 starts) and averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in 27.8 minutes. Those numbers got him onto the AP All-American Third Team. Horford's collegiate career highs stood at 22 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, seven blocks and four steals. He declared for the NBA Draft following his junior year and was chosen with the third overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

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February 27, 2021
Horford will play and start Saturday against the Nuggets.
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As expected, following a rest day for Friday's game against the Hawks, the veteran will re-join the starting five Saturday. This month, Horford has averaged 16.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.5 minutes.
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In his first season with the 76ers, Horford appeared in 67 regular season games, making 61 starts. Averaging 30.2 minutes per game, Horford posted 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 0.9 blocks. In his debut for Philadelphia, the five-time-All-Star went for 16 points and three assists in a win over his former team, the Boston Celtics. Three nights later, Horford posted 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists in a win over Detroit. In a Nov. 4 win over Phoenix, Horford scored a season-high 32 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Two nights earlier, he'd established a season-high with 25 points against Portland. The veteran tallied seven double-doubles on the season, including a 12-point and season-high-16-rebound effort in an Oct. 30 win over Minnesota. Against Atlanta on Oct. 28, Horford blocked a season-best four shots in 32 minutes. Over his final three games before the suspension of the season on Mar. 11, Horford posted 20.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. When the season resumed in Orlando, he appeared in seven of eight seeding games prior to the playoffs. In the postseason, Horford averaged 7.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four first-round matchups against Boston.

2018

Horford started 68 games for the Celtics during the 2018-19 season, averaging 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The veteran big man also posted his highest shooting percentage since 2014-15, making 53.5 percent of his field goals. He recorded his second career triple-double against Miami on Apr. 1, pulling down 11 rebounds to go with 19 points and a season-high 10 assists. On Jan. 16, Horford scored a season-high 24 points in a 117-108 victory over the Toronto Raptors. He collected a season-high 17 rebounds Feb. 21 -- his highest rebounding total since the 2012-13 campaign. On Dec. 29, Horford tied his career high with five three-point field goals in a win over Memphis. He started nine playoff games, finishing with three postseason double-doubles while averaging 13.9 points and 9.0 rebounds.

2017

Now 11 years into his storied NBA career, Horford continues to serve as one of the most valuable players for one of the league's very best teams. He's averaged double figures in scoring in each of his 11 years in the league, and the 2017-18 campaign was no different -- Horford contributed 12.9 points per game and added 7.4 rebounds per game, his highest mark since the 2013-14 season. While the scoring and rebounding numbers have always been there for 2007's No. 3 overall selection, Horford has become a significantly better passer over the past couple years. After never posting more than 3.5 assists in any one season, Horford upped that total to 5.0 in 2016-17 and held steady by averaging 4.7 this past year -- including a pair of games with double-digit dimes. That's quite remarkable for a man who spends most of his time at the center position. He remained efficient, too, draining 48.9 percent of his field goals and 78.3 percent of his free throws while shooting 42.9 percent from downtown. The former University of Florida star is one of the NBA's best and most versatile big men.

2016

In Horford's first year as a member of the Boston Celtics, he appeared in 68 regular-season games, all starts. Horford averaged 14.0 points per game, marking his 10th consecutive season in double figures. Though his 6.8 rebounds per contest represented a career low, he still pulled down double-digit boards 11 times while averaging a career-best 5.0 assists per tilt. He also finished 16th in the NBA in blocked shots, averaging 1.3 swats per game. The veteran big man set a season high with 27 points against the Sixers on Mar. 19, rounding out his line with eight rebounds, six assists, a steal and two blocks. Horford collected nine double-doubles during the regular season, and he missed a triple-double by just a single point Mar. 1 against Cleveland. Horford had a superb postseason, shooting an impressive 58.4 percent from the floor, including 51.9 percent from 3-point land. During the playoffs, he averaged 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest, including a pair of double-doubles.

2015

Horford was his usual steady self in 2015-16, his final season of a nine-year run with the Hawks. The big man played in all 82 games for the first time in his career while averaging better than 15 points (15.2) for a fourth consecutive year, which got him named an All-Star for the fourth time. A model of consistency, Horford's secondary numbers -- 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 steals/blocks -- were virtually identical to his statistics from a season ago. Horford got off to a fast start, scoring in double figures in each of Atlanta's first 23 contests. He had a pair of games in which he scored at least 30 points and three games in which he pulled down at least 15 rebounds. Horford added three games with four or more steals. His best effort of the season was a massive 30-point, 14-rebound, six-assist, four-block performance against the Bulls on Jan. 9. In 10 playoff games, Horford averaged 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. A free agent for the first time in his career, Horford signed a four-year, $113 million deal with the Celtics in July.

2014

Horford delivered yet another productive campaign in 2014-15, averaging 15.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Hawks. Horford remained one of the game's most effective big men and made his third All-Star Game. He also racked up 15 double-doubles. On Jan. 9, "Big Al" generated 19 points, a season-high 16 rebounds, four assists and a block during a close win at Detroit. He posted a triple-double Jan. 13 with 21 points, 10 boards and a season-high 10 assists during a win at Philadelphia. Horford also looked rejuvenated at the free-throw line, posting his highest percentage there (75.9) in four seasons. His biggest scoring outburst came Feb. 9, when he racked up 28 points against Minnesota. Atlanta made a deep playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals and Horford was a big part of their success. He averaged 14.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 16 games in the postseason. In the second round Game 5 win over Washington, Horford double-doubled with 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and five blocks.

2013

Coming off one of his best NBA seasons in 2012-13, Horford entered his seventh NBA season (all with Atlanta) looking to build on that momentum. Unfortunately, the 2013-14 season saw Horford limited to 29 games by a torn pectoral muscle, but when he was out there, he dominated for the Hawks like never before on offense. First and foremost, Horford recorded an average of 18.6 points on 56.7 percent shooting (both career highs). HIs scoring efficiency also fared well, as Horford put up a career-best 20.2 ppg per 36 minutes. As usual, he rounded his productivity out with strong averages in rebounds (8.4) and blocked shots (1.5). The former was second on the team only to Paul Millsap, while the latter led the Hawks. After a quiet season opener, Horford caught fire, posting three consecutive double-doubles (including back-to-back 16-rebound games, his season high). He remained highly productive right up until the injury ended his season Dec. 26, scoring 20-plus points in his final four games. Horford's finest effort of the year was a 34-point, 15-rebound gem against Washington on Dec. 13.

2012

Coming off an injury-shortened campaign, Horford came back with a vengeance in 2012-13, appearing in 74 games for the Hawks while setting a new personal best in rebounds per game with 10.2 -- the eighth-best rate in the league. He also delivered 17.4 points, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, making for a well-rounded stat line. Horford's most impressive rebounding work came Feb. 25 at Detroit, when he pulled down 22 boards to go with 23 points, two steals and two blocks. That was just one of a whopping 43 double-doubles he collected (one of which was a 10-assist game); in one stretch during November and December, he posted seven consecutive double-doubles. His season highs in scoring and blocks both came Feb. 27 against Utah, when Horford poured in 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting and swatted five shots to go with 15 rebounds.

2011

Horford appeared in 11 games during the 2011-12 season. A torn pectoral muscle and the NBA lockout limited the big center's availability. He averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest before the injury ended his regular season on Jan. 11. But Horford was able to return in vintage form for the playoffs . He played in only three post-season games, but averaged a classic Horford line -- 15.3 points on 58.8 percent shooting with 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. His 19 points in a May 8 playoff game against Boston represented his high mark for the season, and he also tied his regular-season high with 11 rebounds in that contest.

2010

Horford has established himself as one of the NBA's premier rebounders over the course of his four seasons in the league, and he finished 2010-11 with nine-plus boards (9.3) per game yet again. The Hawks' star big man also saw his scoring average tick up to a career-best 15.3 points per game. He also averaged at least one block per game for the third straight campaign. On Nov. 7, Horford came one point short of his career high in scoring with a 30-point, 10-rebound, five-assist game versus Phoenix. He tied that personal best with 31 points and 16 boards on Mar. 2. All that good work saw him named to his second All-Star Game. Horford remained a vital presence on both sides of the ball in the playoffs, averaging 11.3 points and 9.6 boards over the Hawks' 12-game postseason run.

2009

The 2009-10 season saw Horford take on an increased role for the Hawks, and he responded with new career-best averages in points (14.2) and rebounds (9.9) while playing in 81 games. He also improved his field-goal percentage for the second straight year, rising to 55.1 percent (2.6 points higher than the year before). As usual, Horford was a steady contributor in blocked shots with 1.1 per game, and he limited his turnovers to just 1.5 per game. He set a new career high with 31 points Feb. 17 against the Clippers and posted a pair of 19-rebound games, both of which saw him score 20-plus points. Those impressive contributions resulted in him being named an All-Star for the first time. Horford remained an important piece for the Hawks over an 11-game postseason run, averaging 14.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

2008

After a big rookie campaign, eyes were on Horford to see if he could make efficiency improvements in 2008-09, and he delivered. The sophomore big man improved his scoring average from 10.1 to 11.5, thanks in large part to an uptick in field-goal percentage (52.5 percent) and a corresponding increase in opportunities on the floor. Horford also flashed as a shot blocker, denying 1.4 shots per game -- half a block per game more than the prior season. Unsurprisingly, he set new career bests in single-game scoring (27 points alongside 17 boards against the Bulls on Nov. 11) and rebounding (22 against Miami on Feb. 27). Horford collected 20 double-doubles over the course of his 67 games.

2007

Taken No. 3 overall by Atlanta in the 2007 NBA Draft, Horford made an instant impact in the 2007-08 season, establishing himself as a dangerous rebounder (9.7 per game, 13th in the league) while showing both offensive and defensive promise with 10.1 points, 0.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. That came as little surprise to those who'd watched the Dominican-born big man's impressive collegiate work at the University of Florida. Horford put up a pair of 20-point games in the regular season, then did so again in his first-ever postseason game Apr. 20 at Boston. He also posted his first-ever 20-rebound game Feb. 6 against the Lakers.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2007
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2007
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • November 1, 2010
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • July 8, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics.
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • November 18, 2020
    Traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with a first-round pick, a second-round pick and Terrance Ferguson for Danny Green.
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Another solid defensive season and his best shooting percentage (53.5) since the 2014-15 campaign helped Horford earn a four-year, $109 million deal this offseason from the division-rival 76ers, who'll team him with Joel Embiid to form a highly versatile frontcourt tandem. The 33-year-old left no doubt he still had plenty left in the tank last season with the Celtics, even posting a career-best 82.1 percent free-throw percentage while keeping his production in non-scoring categories at serviceable-to-above-average levels. Horford also continued his latter-career trend of spacing the floor effectively, attempting just over three three-point attempts per contest for the fourth consecutive season and draining them at a 36.0 percent clip. With both Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick having exited Philadelphia this offseason, Horford could see an appreciable bump in the 10.6 shot attempts he averaged last season. Furthermore, he could certainly benefit from the double teams Embiid projects to see, as well as from playing with a more willing passer at point guard in Ben Simmons than he did the last two seasons while sharing the floor with Kyrie Irving. Lining up alongside an elite big man in Embiid also allows Horford to slide into his more natural floor-stretching power forward role, even as his rebounds, already at a career-low 6.7 last year, potentially take another hit in the coming season.
For much of last season, Horford led the Celtics in assists per game. How many other centers have that kind of passing ability? The answer: not many. While Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown fill up the highlight reel, Horford keeps the Celtics ship steady with quick defensive rotations, smart passing and tough rebounding. The 32-year-old is entering his 12th NBA season, yet he's showing few signs of slowing down. Though Horford's scoring took a slight dip last season, he increased his efficiency compared to 2016-17, and hit nearly 43 percent of his 3.1 three-point attempts per game, offering relatively rare production in that category from the center position. Horford also chipped in 7.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, while blocking at least one shot per game (1.1 BPG) for the 10th straight season. If there's a knock on Horford it's that he's missed a combined 24 games over the last two seasons, but he did play 82 games in 2015-16 and hasn't shown any ill-effects from the severe shoulder issues that hampered him earlier in his career.
Horford’s first year in Boston resulted in a few statistical quirks when compared to his nine years in Atlanta. His scoring declined to 14.0 points per game, following a four-year trend. His rebounding declined half a board to 6.8 per game, a career low. This was odd, considering Boston’s dire need for rebounding help (Boston ranked 27th in team rebounding). Big Al’s assists increased dramatically to 5.0 dimes per game, despite a career average of 3.1 dishes. And the center drained 1.3 treys per game, proving his 2015-16 three-point shooting was no fluke. Clearly, Horford adjusted his game to fit Boston’s schemes and coaching preferences. Coach Brad Stevens prefers hustling back on defense versus selling out for offensive rebounds. Horford’s per game drop in boards were all lost on the offensive side. Coach Stevens likes bigs who can dish from the elbow, and Horford delivered by leading all centers in assists per game. Finally, everyone knows the Celtics like to shoot threes.This season, Horford will further adjust his game to accommodate free agent prize Gordon Hayward. Expect Big Al’s scoring opportunities to further decline, though we may continue to see his assists rise. Some believe Stevens might experiment with Horford at power forward and Aron Baynes at center. On the other hand, the Celtics could go small with wings such as rookie Jayson Tatum at power forward. If so, Horford will have a chance to reverse his declining rebounding numbers. At this point in Horford’s career, though, the 31-year-old Horford is playing for a shot at the Finals, not glamorous stats.
Horford's nine-year run in Atlanta came to an end this offseason when he signed a four-year, $113 contract with the Celtics. The four-time All-Star has developed into one of the better two-way centers in the league, and he's coming off of a season in which he averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. Horford appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his career and has missed only six games since undergoing major shoulder surgery in 2014. He wasn't quite as efficient from the floor (50.5% FG) as he's been in the past, but that was due in part to a drastic increase in three-point volume. After attempting just 65 total treys through the first eight years of his career, Horford hoisted 256 triples last season, converting at a very respectable 34.4 percent clip. That ability to space the floor will be welcomed in Boston after the Celtics ranked 11th in three-point attempts, but 28th in three-point efficiency last season. Horford figures to supplant Amir Johnson as the starting center and should serve as the team's No. 2 offensive option after Isaiah Thomas. For fantasy purposes, Horford has a shot at ranking among the top options at his position, particularly if he's able to increase his rebounding numbers, which have waned a bit in recent years.
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 career, Horford scored 15.2 points per game on 12.7 shot attempts per contest, cashing in on 54 percent from the field, 31 percent from downtown, and 76 percent from the charity stripe. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, he went a combined 7-of-18 from beyond the arc, resulting in somewhat inflated and misleading percentages. However, Horford made 11-of-36 from downtown in 2014-15, showing he was comfortable and confident from the corner spot. During 16 playoff games, Horford averaged 14.4 points on 13.2 field goal attempts, 8.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 33 minutes per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor, 22 percent from deep, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. The 6-10, 250-pound big man, who turned 29 in June and is entering the final year of his current contract, sat out of the FIBA Americas qualifying tournament in order to rest and recover for the 2015-16 season.
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.
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.
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 Hawks’ new attack, so don’t 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 player’s fantasy value.
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 don’t jump out of the box score like some of the game’s 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, it’s 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.
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.
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.
Horford was billed as one of the safer picks in the 2007 NBA draft, and he didn’t 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 leader’s 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 he’s got the wingspan and quickness to produce in those categories as well.
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.
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Will be rested Friday
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February 25, 2021
Horford (rest) will not play in Friday's game against Atlanta.
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Well-rounded line Wednesday
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February 24, 2021
Horford notched 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt), seven rebounds and seven assists across 30 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Spurs.
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Out for rest Monday
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February 22, 2021
Horford will be rested for Monday's game against the Heat.
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Approaches double-double Sunday
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February 21, 2021
Horford compiled 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, two steals and one assist over 28 minutes in Sunday's 117-101 win over the Cavaliers.
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Offers little in Friday's return
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February 19, 2021
Horford managed only 10 points (4-14 FG, 2-9 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and one block in 29 minutes during Friday's 98-85 loss to the Bucks.
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