The Atlanta Hawks 10 Years In The Past And Where Are They Now

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Al Horford truly balled out

After an injury sidelined him for the majority of the previous season (only played 11 games), Al Horford didn’t back down and had high aspirations before the season began. Al truly balled out, averaging 17.4 PPG (career-high at the time) and 10.2 RPG (most in career) in 37.2 MPG (most in career) through 74 games.

Surprisingly he didn’t earn any All-star or All-NBA honors. After this season, Al called Atlanta his home up until 2016, nodding multiple All-star selections and playoff successes. He was the face of the team after this season, as Josh Smith left he became the franchise’s top player.

His season-highs were: 34 points, 22 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals (twice), and five blocks.

As of today, Big Al is starting at center for the second-seeded Boston Celtics, playing 30.6 MPG at 36 years old! He’s averaging close to 10 PPG as well. The biggest factor that contributed to his elongated stay in the NBA is credited to his three-point shooting.

A stretch five that any contender would want to have, Al epitomizes this role.