By Annie Ross
The Sixers made it official yesterday:
“We’re excited to welcome one of the NBA’s best frontcourt players in Al Horford to Philadelphia,” said GM Elton Brand. “He has built his reputation around hard work and a tradition of winning, which are the same qualities that have formed the foundation of the 76ers. Al’s playmaking, elite defensive talents and veteran leadership confirm why he is a crucial addition to our roster. We have gained a championship-level teammate that will not only complement our current makeup, but will help grow our young core as we strive for the highest level of success.”
Horford appeared in 68 games (all starts) for Boston last season and posted 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 blocks in 29.0 minutes per game, joining NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only two players in the league to hold such averages. The five-time NBA All-Star also shot .535 from the field, .360 from three-point range and a career-high .821 from the free-throw line. Horford’s seven seasons with a field-goal percentage of .500-or-better are the fourth-most among active NBA players, behind only Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and LeBron James. Among other accolades, Horford was selected to the 2017-18 All-Defensive Second Team and the 2010-11 All-NBA Third Team.
For his career, Horford has played in 786 games (782 starts) with Boston and Atlanta and holds averages of 14.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game. Further, a veteran of 120 career postseason games, Horford’s teams have qualified for the playoffs in each of his 12 NBA seasons, dating back to 2007-08. The 12-year pro was originally selected by Atlanta with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Horford will wear No. 42 for the 76ers.