Al Horford has long been one of our favorite players.  We started the site during the 2007-08 season because we wanted to put as much content out as possible as to why this guy should win the Rookie of the Year award over Kevin Durant.

We were unsuccessful, but that wasn’t because of anything Al did.

Let’s take a look at his career numbers.

Year

G

Min

FG%

FT%

Off

Def

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

Blk

Pts

2007-08

81 31:21 49.9 73.1 3.1 6.6 9.7 1.5 1.7 0.7 0.9 10.1

2008-09

67 33:28 52.5 72.7 2.2 7.1 9.3 2.4 1.5 0.8 1.4 11.5

2009-10

81 35:07 55.1 78.9 2.9 7.0 9.9 2.3 1.5 0.7 1.1 14.2

2010-11

77 35:06 55.7 79.8 2.4 7.0 9.3 3.5 1.5 0.8 1.0 15.3

2011-12

11 31:38 55.3 73.3 2.4 4.6 7.0 2.2 1.5 0.9 1.3 12.4

2012-13

74 37:14 54.3 64.4 2.6 7.6 10.2 3.2 2.0 1.1 1.1 17.4

2013-14

29 33:01 56.7 68.2 2.3 6.1 8.4 2.6 2.2 0.9 1.5 18.6

2014-15

76 30:30 53.8 75.9 1.7 5.4 7.2 3.2 1.3 0.9 1.3 15.2

2015-16

64 32:08 50.5 80.6 1.9 5.3 7.2 3.1 1.3 0.8 1.6 15.2

Totals

560 33:30 53.6 74.3 2.4 6.5 8.9 2.7 1.6 0.8 1.2 14.3

That is what you call a consistent career.  Night in, night out.  Year in, year out Al just gets the job done.  It’s no surprise that the Atlanta Hawks had not made the playoffs in the nine year before Horford showed up.

Well…now they haven’t missed the playoffs since Horford joined the team!  Not only that but they have some impressive runs, including three trips to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Last year was by far the best year for the team.  For whatever reason the guys just really gelled together and they ended up going 60-22 (73%) for first place in the East.  Unfortunately they ran out of gas against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs.

So a little bit about our favorite player.

He was born on June 3, 1986 in Puerto Plata of the Dominican Republic.  The DR is typically known for their baseball players, but Horford’s dad, Tito, was actually recruited to play hoops as well.  Tito was drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft after a career at LSU and Miami.

Horford stands at 6’10” and 245 pounds and plays the power forward position.  He can also play a little center when needed.

Al was heavily recruited coming out of high school, but chose to join Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators.  Of course, he had a very successful college career.  He was a member of one of the best classes I’ve ever seen.  Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer are two other quality pros he was there with.

The Florida Gators won back-to-back national championships.  In 2006 they were a 3-seed, but mowed everyone down.  They got a little lucky in the Final Four because they got to face George Mason, who at that time was one of the biggest underdogs to ever break a bracket we had ever seen.

In 2007 a huge target was on the Gators backs, but they still played great.  Florida was the first team to repeat as champions since Duke back in 1991-92.

There would be no shot at a three-peat though as Horford, Taurean Green, Noah, and Brewer all went to the NBA.  Lucky for us, because we had the No. 3 pick and grabbed him.