NBA rumors are swirling around Al Horford. The 6’10”, 250 pound center is set to become a free agent this upcoming summer. There should be plenty of interest from teams in the National Basketball Association. Horford is still one of the best big men in basketball. The Atlanta Hawks are one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. They obviously want to keep the good times rolling. According to Hoops Rumors, the Hawks want to give Horford a maximum contract this summer.
Just based on numbers alone, it is easy to tell that Al Horford is a good player. He averages 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game. Horford could easily score more than 20 points a game, but the Atlanta Hawks run a team oriented offense. The ball is shared by all the players on the court. Horford would also have more rebounds if he didn’t share the front court with Paul Millsap, who hauls down nine a game.
The Atlanta Hawks are now committed to keeping Al Horford around because they don’t want to go into a reloading period. They would be fine with Paul Millsap in the front court, but they’re even better when he is paired up with Horford. The former Florida Gators star really likes the unselfishness of his teammates. He also likes the scheme that Mike Budenholzier has installed, which was inspired by Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.
Staying with the Atlanta Hawks also means that Al Horford will be sacrificing his legacy. Though he’s a great player, he needs better statistics if he ever wants to be in the NBA Hall of Fame. That’s not going to happen when you’re playing on a stacked roster. Then again, Horford seems the type of guy that feels that winning a championship is more important than that.
Signing a 30 year player to a five year deal worth more than $100 million might not be an easy thing to swallow. The Atlanta Hawks are willing to do it because they want to keep winning more games than they lose. Sometimes, sacrifices like that are necessary in the NBA because you don’t want to alienate your fan base. Doing that makes it so much harder to make money.
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