HOW AL BECAME A HAWK: Re-signed to a multi-year contract extension by the Hawks on November 1, 2010 • Selected as the third overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft, Horford was an early-entry candidate.
LAST SEASON (2011-12): Suffered first significant injury of his career, as he went down with a torn left pectoral in the first quarter @Ind (1/11) and had successful surgery on 1/17 • Missed 55 games due to the injury and subsequent surgery • Played in 11 contests (all starts) prior to the injury, averaging 12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 bpg and 0.9 spg (.553 FG%, .733 FT%) • Had 2 double-doubles on the year • Scored in double-figures 9 times • Tallied 14 pts, 9 rebs, a season-high 5 assts, 1 stl and 1 blk @NJ (1/9) • Had 10 pts, a season-best 11 rebs, 2 assts and 1 blk v/Mia (1/5) • Tied season-highs with 16 pts, 7 FGM and 2 stls @Chi (1/3), while adding 7 rebs and 2 assts • Swatted a season-best 3 shots v/NJ (12/30) to go along with 12 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts and 1 stl • Scored 11 pts and grabbed a 10 rebs v/Wash • Scored 4,000th career point v/Mia (1/5) and grabbed career rebound 3,000 @NJ (1/9) • SEASON HIGHS: 16 pts (2x), 11 rebs v/Mia (1/5), 5 assts @NJ (1/9), 2 stls (2x), 3 blks v/NJ (12/30), 7 FGM (3x), 5 FTM @Char (1/6), 43 mins @Char (1/6).
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Through five years in the league, has played in 317 games (313 starts), averaging 12.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 bpg and 0.8 spg in 33.7 mpg (.537 FG%, .761 FT%) • Has recorded 221 double-figure scoring games, and has grabbed 10-or-more rebounds 154 times • Totalled 122 double-doubles • Has missed 74 games due to injury • CAREER HIGHS: 31 pts (2x), 22 rebs v/Mia (2/27/09), 8 assts (2x), 5 stls @Den (1/23/08), 7 blks v/Sac (1/17/11), 53 mins v/Sea (11/16/07), 13 FGM (2x), 1 3FGM (3x), 10 FTM v/Minn (11/14/10) • Enjoyed his second consecutive All-Star season in 2010-11, and was named All-NBA Third Team, turning in another solid campaign on both ends of the floor • In 77 games (all starts), posted averages of 15.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 bpg and 0.8 spg in 35.1 mpg (.557 FG%, .798 FT%) • Ranked 5th in the NBA in FG%, 28th in bpg and 16th in efficiency (22.5) • One of the top all-around rebounders in the league, finishing 11th in rpg, 7th in def. rpg (7.0) and t24th in off. rpg (2.4) • Had 36 double-doubles (t9th in NBA), including 1 20/20 game • Had 2 pts, 3 rebs and 1 blk (1-3 FGs) in the 2011 NBA All-Star game, his 2nd straight All-Star appearance • 2009-10: Had an outstanding season in his third year in an Atlanta uniform, becoming the first Hawks draft pick to earn an All-Star berth since Kevin Willis, and recording then career-highs in virtually every category • Contributed 14.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 bpg and 0.7 spg in 35.1 mpg (.551 FG%, .789 FT%), appearing in 81 games for the second time in his career • Ranked 8th in the NBA in FG%, 10th in rpg, t9th in off. rpg (2.9) and 26th in bpg • Had a team-leading 39 double-doubles (t11th in the NBA) • Started all 67 games he played in 2008-09, averaging 11.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 bpg and 0.8 spg in 33.5 mpg (.525 FG% - 15th in the NBA, .727 FT%) • Scored in double-figures 41 times (seven 20-point games) and grabbed 10-plus rebs on 28 occasions • The only player unanimously selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team (and runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors) in 2007-08, Horford nearly averaged a double-double during his first year • Became the first Atlanta draftee to earn first team honors since Stacey Augmon turned the trick in 1991-92 • On the season, averaged 10.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.9 bpg, 0.7 spg and 31.4 mps in 81 games (77 starts) • Earned three Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards • Ranked t11th in the NBA in rpg, t11th in off. rpg (3.1), t21st in def. rpg (6.6), 31st in FG% and t39th in bpg • Led all first-year players in rpg, double-doubles (25) and efficiency (16.5), and finished 2nd in mpg, t3rd in bpg, 4th in FG% and 6th in ppg.
PLAYOFF HISTORY: Horford has appeared in 42 playoff games for Atlanta (41 starts), totaling 11.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.1 bpg (.474 FG%, .764 FT%) • Played in three games of the 2012 first-round loss to Boston (missed the initial three contests due to continued rehab for a torn left pectoral, which also cost him the final 55 regular season games), and averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.3 bpg in 36.0 mpg (.588 FG%, .750 FT%) • In game five at Philips Arena, in his first start since January 11, put in 19 pts, 11 rebs, 3 assts, 3 stls and 3 blks (8-15 FGs, 3-4 FTs), helping lead the Hawks to an 87-86 win • In starting all 12 postseason contests in 2011 against Orlando and Chicago, compiled 11.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.0 bpg in 39.0 mpg (.423 FG%, .769 FT%) • Started all 11 contests in the 2010 postseason vs. Milwaukee and Orlando, and averaged 14.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.8 apg and 1.7 bpg in 35.3 mpg (.523 FG%, .839 FT%) • Played and started in nine contests in the 2009 Playoffs against Miami and Cleveland, and averaged 6.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.0 apg in 28.0 mpg (.424 FG%, .667 FT%) • Suffered a sprained right ankle in Game 5 vs. Miami, and missed Game 6 of that series, as well as Game 2 in the second round vs. Cleveland, as a result • Had an outstanding postseason series vs. Boston (2008 Playoffs), averaging 12.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.6 apg and 1.0 bpg (.472 FG%, .741 FT%) • Also captured 3.1 offensive rebounds per contest during the playoff run • Became the 24th rookie in NBA history to put up at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in his playoff debut (first Hawk to do so) • PLAYOFF CAREER HIGHS: 25 pts v/Milw (4/28/10), 15 rebs (2x), 6 assts (4x), 3 stls (2x), 5 blks v/Milw (4/17/10), 46 mins @Bos (5/10/12), 11 FGM v/Milw (4/28/10), 1 3FGM v/Milw (4/28/10), 6 FTM (3x).
COLLEGIATE CAREER: Horford capped off an outstanding collegiate career by helping the Florida Gators to their second straight national championship in 2007, as the Gators became the first school to win back-to-back titles in 15 years • A solid inside presence for UF, he finished his career as the school's 35th all-time leading scorer with 1,123 points (career averages in 109 games (103 starts) - 10.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg, .586 FG%, .624 FT%) • Also ended his collegiate career among the top ten leaders in blocked shots (189, 2nd) and rebounding (864, 7th) • He recorded 28 career double-doubles • Horford and teammates Joakim Noah (Chicago) and Corey Brewer (Minnesota) were taken in the first nine picks of the 2007 NBA Draft, which marked the first time three college teammates were selected that high • In his junior campaign (2006-07), in the title game, his 18 points and 12 rebounds led the Gators to an 84-75 victory over Ohio State (at the Georgia Dome), earning All-Tournament team honors for the second consecutive year • Horford was a third team All-America (by the Associated Press) and first team All-Southeastern Conference player • He had career-bests of 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds (team-high, 2nd in the SEC), in addition to blocking 1.8 shots (.608 FG%, .644 FT%) in 38 games • Missed two games with a high ankle sprain • His career-high 22 points (also had 13 rebounds) came in a February '07 game against Tennessee • Also took home SEC Tournament MVP honors after totaling 18 points and 12 boards in the championship game over Arkansas • As a sophomore (2005-06), he tallied 11.3 points, a team-high 7.7 rebounds (6th in the SEC) and 1.7 blocks (also 6th in the conference) • The tandem of Horford and Noah dominated inside as the Gators won the school's first-ever NCAA basketball championship, cruising to a 73-57 win over UCLA at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis • He (as was Noah) was named to the Final Four's all-tourney team after scoring 14 points and pulling down seven rebounds against the Bruins • A second team All-SEC selection by the league coaches and honorable mention pick from the Associated Press, Horford stepped it up at the most critical times, averaging a double-double during NCAA Tournament play with 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds • Exceeded expectations as a freshman (2004-05), impressing coaches during preseason workouts and ultimately working his way into the starting lineup on Dec. 19 and staying there for the final 25 games of the season • Quickly developed into one of the top shot-blockers in the SEC, totaling 51 on the year, the highest total by a Gator since Andrew DeClercq had the same number in 1993-94 • The total tied for the fourth highest in school history at the time • He averaged 5.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks (.480 FG%, .582 FT%) in 32 games.
PERSONAL INFO: Alfred Joel Horford was born June 3, 1986 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic • Was married to 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega in Santo Domingo (DR) on December 24, 2011 • His parents are Alfredo "Tito" Horford and Arelis Reynoso • Tito played three years in the NBA with two teams (Milwaukee (1988-90) and Washington (1993-94)) • Al has three brothers and two sisters • A telecommunications major at Florida, he said he would have worked in the TV industry or in real estate if he wasn't playing pro ball • Has continued work towards his degree since leaving Gainesville • Has hosted basketball camps in Atlanta, Michigan and the Dominican Republic • Was the first player in the league to co-direct a night of programming at Atlanta’s NBA TV studios • Worked as a television analyst on some of the Olympic men's basketball games broadcast on Telemundo in 2008 • Traveled to Milan, Italy in the summer of ‘08 for Fashion Week as part of an ESPN feature • A two-time winner of the NBA’s Community Assist Award (March 2011 and February 2008) • Donated $23,000 to Direct Relief International to help the people of Japan recover from the tsunami and earthquake of 3/11/11 • Has hosted holiday parties for underprivileged kids • Supports Atlanta-area Hispanic youth groups, including the STAR House and La Amistad, where he has conducted Reading Timeouts and donated tickets to Hawks games • Earned the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy at the end of the ’09 season, presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the characteristics Collier displayed off the court as a community ambassador • Horford loves all types of music (his favorite artists include Bob Marley, Juan Luis Guerra, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Jeezy) and is a very good ping-pong player • Considers his mom the person he admires the most • He's visited the White House on two occasions following the NCAA championship and says if he could be anyone for a day it would be the President • Lists "Law and Order SVU," "SportsCenter" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" as his favorite television shows • Enjoys eating white rice and black beans, beef and chicken dishes and sweet plantains • Horford's favorite actor and actress - Denzel Washington and Jessica Alba • His favorite movies are "Apocalypto," "Gladiator" and "Friday" • When he relaxes, he prefers if it's by the pool or the beach • He wears size 17 basketball shoes • Naturally, his Florida Gators are his favorite sports team.