Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (Al Horford) is a Dominican Basketball player who was born on June 3, 1986 in Puerto Plata. He plays for Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association(NBA). He became fond of the game by watching his father Tito Horford play.
The 6ft 10in forward admired the likes of Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O’Neal during his childhood. In 2000, he and his family moved to Lansing, Michigan where he attended Grand Ledge High School and became a basketball Star there. He holds seven school records, not broken till now including most career points (1239). While at Grand Ledge he played for Michigan Mustangs in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) league. He did his college in Florida where he was offered the athletic scholarship and played for coach Billy Donovan. The Florida Gators made an immediate impact by winning the 2005 Southeastern Conference Tournament. In 2006, the Gators entered the NCAA tournament after winning the SEC championship for the second straight time. They eventually won the competition by beating the UCLA in the finals.
In 2007, after winning the league for consecutive years he was declared in NBA draft.
Horford was picked up by Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 draft. He was named Rookie of the Month for four separate occasions that season. The Dominican averaged 10.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.7 steals and played in average of 31.4 minutes in 81 games. He was picked up for the NBA All-Star team in the following season.
In 2010, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $60 million with the Hawks. During the 2010-11 season, Horford played 77 games and averaged 15.3 points,9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals per game. He had 36 double doubles this season. The 2012-13 season turned out to be his career best season where he played a total of 71 games averaging a career high 17.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. He recorded a total of 43 double-doubles this season. Despite his heroics, the Hawks lost in the playoffs.
In July 2016, Horford became an unrestricted free agent. Though the Hawks were hopeful of re-signing their star player, Al decided to join Boston Celtics on a $113 million contract and has been part of the team since then.