Making the Case: Al Horford

by Lauren Rosen

Performance

It’s no secret that Al Horford is the ultimate pro, respected for his game and professionalism, on and off the floor.

The new 76er is already a five-time All Star, All-NBA team member, and All-Defensive Team member as recently as 2017-18.

In his short time as a Sixer, Horford has been productive, averaging 12.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game.

Horford has scored in double-digits in 23 of his 35 appearances. He’s shared at least one assist in all 35 of his games.

When Joel Embiid is off the floor, Horford continues to shine when he shifts to the five spot.

For proof, look no further than Horford’s performance in Embiid’s absence Thursday versus Boston - as he recorded 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.

He shot 7 for 11 from the field against his former team.

Horford’s highest-scoring performance of the season came on the Sixers' trip out West, when he collected 32 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block against Phoenix on Nov. 4.

Over the course of his 13-year career, Horford has never missed the playoffs. He’s averaged 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and shot 52.3% over those 13 seasons.

Among the Elite

Horford’s versatility at his position is elite. He currently averages the fourth-most assists per game (3.8) among big men in the league. That mark is the second-highest assist figure among all Sixers (behind Ben Simmons).

Perspective

Horford’s frontcourt counterpart Joel Embiid has been complimentary from the start:

“I feel like [Al] brings something different, especially if I go on the bench…. I’m excited for what he can bring, obviously we had some great battles, and it was fun. Now we’re on the same team. I look up to him.”

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