Al Horford

Al Horford

35-Year-Old CenterC
Boston Celtics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Horford should be well rested for his return to Boston. The 35-year-old center hasn't played since Mar. 24th when the Thunder decided to sit the aging veteran to maximize his trade value, let younger players develop and improve their draft odds. And less will be expected from Horford during his second stint with the Celtics. Boston clearly wants the younger Robert Williams to shine at center, with Horford playing a role as both mentor and potential back-up. Considering Williams has missed roughly 70 games to injury over the past three seasons, Big Al will surely have multiple opportunities as a starter regardless of who lands the gig on Day 1. Some have mentioned that Horford could also see time backing up Jayson Tatum at the four. While that's a possibility, we know Horford's time at power forward didn't go well when he was in Philadelphia. Though, with new coach Ime Udoka running the show, anything is possible. Horford will be leaned on for his defensive leadership, which might help Boston in the win column, but won't show up in the box score. When Horford was in Boston in 2018-19, he started 68 games and posted 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists over 29 minutes per game while shooting very well from the field. The veteran might post similar per-minute production this season, but expect much fewer minutes per game unless Williams suffers a major injury. 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. Traded to the Celtics in June of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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). 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.

Double-doubles in loss
CBoston Celtics
January 20, 2022
Horford closed Wednesday's 111-102 loss to the Hornets with 13 points (5-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists over 32 minutes.
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The veteran recorded his first double-double out of his last 18 appearances. The 6-foot-9 big now has reached double figures while grabbing at least seven rebounds in each of his last three showings. Horford's 10.8 points per game average would mark his lowest since his first year in the league, but his 7.4 rebounds per game are tied for his highest mark out of his last eight seasons. Regardless, Horford's fantasy ceiling is not too high, as he has topped 20 points just twice this season. Fantasy managers should continue to have muted expectations for the 35-year-old.
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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.
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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Solid in win
CBoston Celtics
January 12, 2022
Horford supplied eight points (4-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt), four rebounds and four assists across 28 minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 win over the Pacers.
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Swats five in narrow victory
CBoston Celtics
January 2, 2022
Horford ended with nine points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and five blocks across 34 minutes during Sunday's 116-111 overtime victory over Orlando.
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Flirts with triple-double
CBoston Celtics
December 29, 2021
Horford finished Wednesday's 91-82 loss to the Clippers with nine points (3-14 FG, 0-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes.
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Solid line in return from COVID-19
CBoston Celtics
December 27, 2021
Horford (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) played 34 minutes and delivered 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt), nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block Monday in the Celtics' 108-103 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Not on injury report
CBoston Celtics
December 26, 2021
Horford (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) is not listed on the Celtics' injury report for Monday's contest against Minnesota.
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