Al Horford

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Al Horford
Al Horford2.jpg
Horford with the Hawks
No. 15 – Atlanta Hawks
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-06-03) June 3, 1986 (age 28)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Nationality Dominican
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Grand Ledge (Grand Ledge, Michigan)
College Florida (2004–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–present Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Alfred Joel Horford[note 1] (born June 3, 1986) is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Horford played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was the starting center on the Florida Gators teams that won back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007. He also plays for the Dominican Republic national team. On December 24, 2011, he married singer and 2003 Miss Universe Amelia Vega.[1]

Early years and high school career[edit]

Horford was born in the city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic, an island more famous for producing baseball players, produced Horford’s father Tito Horford. Tito Horford, whose father was a Bahamian immigrant,[2] was recruited by Marian Christian High School in Houston out of the Dominican Republic and attended Louisiana State University and the University of Miami. He was drafted in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft, and played three years in the NBA and several more overseas. Horford's mother Arelis Reynoso was a journalist. Horford grew up watching his father play and fell in love with the game. In the summer of 2000, Horford and his family moved to Lansing, Michigan, where he attended Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and was a star player on its basketball team. At Grand Ledge, Horford holds to this day seven school records, including most career points, with 1239. As a senior he was Class A Player of The Year, averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. While at Grand Ledge, Horford played AAU basketball for the Michigan Mustangs, who were runner-ups in the Adidas Big Time National Tournament.[3] He was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.[4]

College career[edit]

Horford accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2004 to 2007. He was a member of the Gators' 2004 recruiting class, together with fellow incoming freshmen Joakim Noah, Taurean Green, and Corey Brewer. He made an immediate impact as a Gator, starting at center in the front-court with David Lee. He helped the Gators win the 2005 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship.

Horford in college

He started his sophomore season without many expectations. Many people[who?] did not believe that the Gators would be very good in the 2005–06 season, losing three starters from the previous year's team. The Gators, with Horford's help, surged through the season, winning the SEC Championship. They entered the 2006 NCAA Tournament as a number 3 seed. Horford showed great leadership as he and the Gators swept through the first four rounds to reach the Final Four. The Gators beat the Cinderella story of the tournament, George Mason, to reach the final. Then they beat UCLA in the championship, where Horford had 14 points and 7 rebounds.[5]

Horford and the Gators started the 2006–07 season with the goal of repeating as national champions. In December 2006, Horford missed a series of games due to an injury. Coach Donovan held him out of a game against Stetson University in hopes that he would be adequately healed for a December 23 showdown in Gainesville against the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. One day before the game, Donovan announced that Horford would be unable to play. However, Horford entered the game from the bench to guard Ohio State player Greg Oden, a highly touted 7'0" (2.13 m) freshman. Horford tried to contain Oden, holding him to just seven points (well below Oden's season average of just over 15). Horford himself scored eleven points, adding eleven rebounds in limited action. The Gators beat the Buckeyes in what is now regarded as not just a great game, but also one of Florida's best-played games at the O'Connell Center.[citation needed]

On the final home game of the season, on March 4, 2007 against Kentucky, Horford became the fourth on his team to score 1,000 career points, on a free throw in the second half. He needed 14 points during the game to reach the milestone, and scored exactly the number needed.[6]

On April 2, 2007, Horford and the rest of the Gators became the first team to repeat as national champions since the 1991–1992 Duke Blue Devils, and the first ever to do so with the same starting lineup. Then in May 2007, Horford, Taurean Green, Joakim Noah, and Corey Brewer all announced they would leave early for the NBA.

According to an interview on Rome is Burning with Jim Rome on March 18, 2009, Horford said that he finished his degree at Florida in the summer after his rookie year in the NBA.

NBA career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2007–present)[edit]

Horford shoots a free throw during the 2008 NBA Playoffs

Horford was quickly picked by many fans as a top-5 pick in the draft.[7] On June 28, 2007, he was selected 3rd overall by Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA Draft behind Greg Oden and Kevin Durant.[8] Horford was considered to be an opening day starter because of his unique combination of skills such as the ability to shoot, pass, rebound and defend multiple positions. Horford made a big impact on the Hawks in his rookie year, starting 77 out of 82 games and averaging 10.1 points, and 9.7 rebounds. During his 2007–2008 rookie season, Horford was honored as Rookie of the Month on four separate occasions: November, February, March and April.[9] His great rookie campaign made Horford a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie first team. Horford's efforts helped the Hawks gain the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks gave the #1 seed Boston Celtics a challenge, taking them to 7 games. In the series Horford averaged 12.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

Horford looked to improve on his rookie season his sophomore year. On February 16, 2008, Horford played in the NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge. He had 19 points and 7 rebounds as the rookies were defeated by the sophomores.[10] Horford improved on his sophomore year, averaging 11.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks. The Hawks also improved, becoming the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, and beat the Miami Heat in 7 games before being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the next round. Coming into his third season the Hawks made some improvements to the team, adding shooting guard Jamal Crawford. Horford once again improved on his prior year, averaging 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists. Horford was named to Eastern Conference All-Star Team, and in the All-Star Game he put up 8 points and 4 rebounds. The Hawks once again qualified for the playoffs, this time as the 3rd seed. The Hawks were swept by Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in the second round. Horford improved once again in his fourth NBA season, averaging 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 blocks. Horford was selected to the All-Star game as a reserve, and was also selected to the All-NBA Third Team.

On January 11, 2012, Horford sustained an injury to his left shoulder that appeared to be mild. However, results later showed that he had torn his pectoral muscle.[11] He missed the rest of the regular season, not returning to game action until Game 4 of Atlanta's first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

On December 26, 2013, Horford suffered a similar injury, a complete tear of his right pectoral muscle.[12] He later had season-ending surgery.[13]

Contract details[edit]

After being drafted 3rd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Horford signed a four-year, 17.53 million dollar rookie scale contract[14] on July 9, 2007. On November 2, 2010, Horford signed a five-year, 60 million dollar rookie-scale extension with the Atlanta Hawks. Horford's contract expires at the end of the 2015–16 NBA season.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Correct as of 2013–14 season

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Atlanta 81 77 31.4 .499 .000 .731 9.7 1.5 .7 .9 10.1
2008–09 Atlanta 67 67 33.5 .525 .000 .727 9.3 2.4 .8 1.4 11.5
2009–10 Atlanta 81 81 35.1 .551 1.000 .789 9.9 2.3 .7 1.1 14.2
2010–11 Atlanta 77 77 35.1 .557 .500 .798 9.3 3.5 .8 1.0 15.3
2011–12 Atlanta 11 11 31.6 .553 .000 .733 7.0 2.2 .9 1.3 12.4
2012–13 Atlanta 74 74 37.2 .543 .500 .644 10.2 3.2 1.1 1.1 17.4
2013–14 Atlanta 29 29 33.1 .567 .364 .682 8.4 2.6 .9 1.5 18.6
Career 420 416 34.1 .541 .345 .735 9.5 2.6 .8 1.1 14.0
All-Star 2 0 12.5 .625 .000 .000 3.5 1.0 .5 1.0 5.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Atlanta 7 7 39.6 .472 .000 .741 10.4 3.6 .4 1.0 12.6
2009 Atlanta 9 9 28.0 .424 .000 .667 5.8 2.0 .7 .7 6.9
2010 Atlanta 11 11 35.3 .523 1.000 .839 9.0 1.8 .7 1.7 14.6
2011 Atlanta 12 12 39.0 .423 .000 .769 9.6 3.5 .4 1.0 11.3
2012 Atlanta 3 2 36.0 .588 .000 .750 8.3 2.7 1.3 1.3 15.3
2013 Atlanta 6 6 36.3 .494 .000 .667 8.8 3.0 1.0 .8 16.7
Career 48 47 35.6 .478 .250 .745 8.7 2.7 .7 1.1 12.4

Personal[edit]

Horford was selected to be on the packaging of the video game NBA Ballers: Chosen One with fellow center of the Orlando Magic Dwight Howard.[15] Horford has a younger brother named Jon Horford currently attending the University of Michigan. He also has two sisters, Anna and Maria Horford, and a younger brother who plays for Grand Ledge, Josh Horford. Horford's father Tito Horford was an NBA player for the Bucks and Bullets. Horford's uncle Kelly Horford played for Florida Atlantic University in the 90's.[16] Horford is a member of the Nike basketball brand.[17] He married former Miss Universe Amelia Vega on December 24, 2011, in the Dominican Republic.[1]

Horford, having grown up in the Dominican Republic until he was a teenager, is bilingual in English and Spanish and wrote a blog in Spanish for NBA.com for a brief period of time.[18][19]

Notes[edit]

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    This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Horford and the second or maternal family name is '''''.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amelia Vega se casa con Al Horford – Hoy Digital". Hoy.com.do. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ Brubaker, Bill (12 October 1986). "The Strange, Tangled Journey of Tito Horford, Basketball Star". Los Angeles Times (in English). p. 2/5. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2014. "In September 1982, Horford enrolled at Marian Christian, determined to relearn the English that his father, a Bahamian immigrant, had taught him as a child." 
  3. ^ "Personal » Al Horford's Official Website – The Official Website of Al Horford". Horford15.com. 1986-06-03. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Horford's Bio". Rivalshoops.rivals.com. 2003-10-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Florida beats UCLA in Championship game". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  6. ^ Brockway, Kevin (March 4, 2007). "UF rebounds with record win over Kentucky". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  7. ^ Andy Katz. "Noah gets more pub, but Horford could be better". ESPN.com. 
  8. ^ "Hawks select Horford at No. 3". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  9. ^ "NBA Rookie Rankings April 17, 2008". NBA.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  10. ^ Horford gets back in spotlight for a weekend, February 16, 2008 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  11. ^ "Atlanta Hawks’ Center Al Horford Injured for Rest of Season". 
  12. ^ "HAWKS INJURY REPORT – DECEMBER 27, 2013". NBA.com. December 27, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hawks' Horford has season-ending surgery
  14. ^ 2007-2008 NBA Rookie Scale
  15. ^ "Howard, Hoford selected for cover of NBA Ballers". News.teamxbox.com. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  16. ^ Dylan Burkhardt (2010-03-26). "Jon Horford to Michigan —". Umhoops.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  17. ^ "Nike Basketball – Al Horford – US". Nike.com. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  18. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/ncaatourney07/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=2821534
  19. ^ http://www.nba.com/enebea/blog/al_horford.html

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