Al Horford has been a model of consistency over the past two seasons, posting nearly identical numbers, including 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game last season. However, we have seen him do a lot more than that, most recently in 2013-14, when he averaged 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him return to those levels after joining the Celtics, who might be more interested in featuring him than the Hawks, who built their identity around sharing the ball. Even if he just repeats last season's production -- which included a career-high 88 3-pointers -- Horford is a borderline elite center option who should be off the board by the end of the third round in most Fantasy leagues on Draft Day.
Horford has agreed to sign a four-year, $113 million contract with the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Horford was one of the leagues most coveted free agents and had several teams vying for his services. He was an All-Star in 2016, and will be a large and immediate upgrade to the Celtics' front court. Horford averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 51 percent in 32.1 minutes per game last season with the Hawks.
Horford scored 24 points (11-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt) while adding three assists, three blocks, two steals and just one rebound in 31 minutes during Friday's loss to the Cavaliers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semi-final. While it was Horford's best scoring performance of the series, his lack of activity on the glass was glaring on a night when the Hawks got out-rebounded 55-28. He'll need to find another gear Sunday if Atlanta is going to avoid being swept in the series on home court.
Horford registered 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals over 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 series-clinching victory over the Celtics. The veteran big man turned in an efficient performance in the decisive victory, his first double-digit scoring effort since Game 2 of the series. It was a particularly resurgent shooting performance for Horford, who'd topped at a 40 percent success rate from the field over the last three games, and had bottomed out at 18 percent in Game 5 on Tuesday. Like many of his teammates, Horford's play, particularly on offense, will likely need to come up several notches for the Hawks to remain competitive in their second-round series versus the Cavs. He finished the first round with averages of 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 blocks and 1.3 steals.
Horford (groin) collected six points (2-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block across 24 minutes in Tuesday's 110-83 Game 5 loss to the Celtics. Horford's groin injury didn't prevent him from suiting up, but he still turned in an ineffective stat line, thanks largely to his 2-for-11 mark from the field. Fortunately, the Hawks bench stepped up in a huge way to lead the team to a blowout victory, but Horford will probably need to step up in Game 6 after two subpar games in a row. Over that last pair of contests, Horford is averaging 5.5 points (on 4-for-19 shooting from the floor) to go along with 8.5 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and one block over 31 minutes.
Horford (groin) was removed from the Hawks' injury report on Tuesday, and plans to be in the starting lineup once again for Game 5 against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Journal-Constitution reports. Horford was originally considered probable for Tuesday's matchup, but has avoided any setbacks to a strained left groin suffered during last week's Game 3 loss. Expect Horford to once again be used to full capacity Tuesday after 38 minutes of playing time in Game 4 on Sunday.
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