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Sometimes I wonder, “What does Al Horford have to do to get any notice?” He is the best player on his team, but Josh Smith seems to get the most recognition. If you talk about the best center in the NBA, or even the top five, Horford’s name isn’t even brought up.
There are two kinds of underrated players. There are the players who are widely viewed as “underrated” and thus become “appropriately rated” or even “overrated.” Then there are players like Al Horford, who when you talk about the players who are underrated still don’t even get a nod. They are the truly underrated.
Al Horford is so underrated, you need a shovel to get to where he’s rated.
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso does a little bit of everything. And as much as there’s more to his name than you thought there was, there’s more to his game than he gets credit for.
He averaged over 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block per game in the regular season. You know who else did that? No one!
Horford also is a defensive beast, but again, he gets no credit. If you look at his on/off numbers, the team defends better, rebounds better, steals better and blocks better when he’s on the court.
So don’t be surprised to find Horford on this list, finally getting some well-deserved recognition for once. His 26 points and 16 rebounds in Game 3 were instrumental in getting back into the series against the Paces and one of the most impressive stat lines we’ve seen this postseason.